World Film Locations: New Orleans (Book)

World Film Locations: New Orleans features essays that reflect on the city’s long-standing relationship with the film industry. Among the topics discussed are popular depictions of Hurricane Katrina on film, the prevalence of the supernatural in New Orleans cinema and recent changes to city ordinances that have made New Orleans even more popular as a film destination. Synopses highlight numerous film scenes spanning the city, and all are accompanied by evocative full-colour stills. The historic neighbourhoods and landmarks of New Orleans have provided the backdrop for some of the most memorable moments in film history, and World Film Locations: New Orleans offers fans a guided tour of the many films that made the city their home.

Category: Film Studies

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With more and more filmmakers taking advantage of its rich and varied settings, New Orleans has earned star-studded status as the 'Hollywood of the South'. From the big-screen adaptation of the stage classic A Streetcar Named Desire to the Elvis Presley musical King Creole, many well-known films have a special connection with the Big Easy, and this user-friendly guide explores the integral role of New Orleans in American film history.

World Film Locations: New Orleans features essays that reflect on the city’s long-standing relationship with the film industry. Among the topics discussed are popular depictions of Hurricane Katrina on film, the prevalence of the supernatural in New Orleans cinema and recent changes to city ordinances that have made New Orleans even more popular as a film destination. As the most frequently filmed area of New Orleans, the French Quarter is given particular attention in this volume with synopses of scenes shot or set there, including The Big Easy, Interview with the Vampire and the much-loved Bond film Live and Let Die. Additional synopses highlight numerous other film scenes spanning the city, and all are accompanied by evocative full-colour stills. The historic neighbourhoods and landmarks of New Orleans have provided the backdrop for some of the most memorable moments in film history, and this book offers fans a guided tour of the many films that made the city their home.

Scott Jordan Harris is a writer and critic, as well as the editor of World Film Locations: New York and a staff writer for both Film International and PopMatters.

Maps/Scenes

Scenes 1-8 1938 – 1958

Scenes 9-16 1962 – 1973

Scenes 17-24 1975 – 1989

Scenes 25-32 1990 – 2001

Scenes 33-39 2003 – 2009

Scenes 40-46 2009 – 2011

Essays

New Orleans: City of the Imagination – Jonathan Ray and Scott Jordan Harris

All That Jazz: New Orleans Jazz Onscreen – Marcelline Block

New Orleans: A Supernatural City – Elisabeth Rappe

Easy Does It: Mapping the Moral Lapses of New Orleans Noir – John Berra

Hollywood South – Scott Jordan Harris

After The Levees Broke: Hurricane Katrina Onscreen – Peter Hoskin

Pleasure Palaces: A Brief History of New Orleans's Historic Cinemas – Pamela C. Scorzin

'A long-overdue tribute to the great films that have captured a city unlike any other.'

NY Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman
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