He walked by night / Il marchait la nuit – Werker (& Mann)

Many today American TV series are very close to a B-movie from the end of the 40s, He walked by night (1948), directed by Alfred L. Werker (and Anthony Mann (uncredited)). This incredibly modern movie presents all the codes of the detective series and movies (solidarities, widowhood, systematic police track down, suspicion of murderous cop,…

Predator – McTierman

Predator is a 1987 movie directed by John McTiernan. In Val Verde, a country bordering Guatemala, a joint task force, led by Major Alan « Dutch » Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is assigned to rescue hostages in the jungle. The group is hunted by an extraterrestrial creature: the Predator. Two spatial machineries appear in the movie. One is…

The Rocky Balboa statue / La statue de Rocky Balboa

The stairs in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are very famous as the training ground of  Rocky Balboa, in the 1976 movie Rocky, directed by John G. Avildsen. The stairs appear successively in Rocky II (directed by Sylverster Stallone in 1979), Rocky III (Sylverster Stallone, 1985), Rocky V (John G. Avildsen, 1990) and…

Die Hard 2 / 58 minutes pour vivre – Harlin

After the Nakatomi Plaza (see this post), the Washington Dulles International Airport is the new John McClane’s playground in this second opus of the Die Hard series directed in 1990 by Renny Harlin. Terrorists try to exfiltrate Ramon Esperanza, a general in exile from Val Verde, awaiting his trial in the United States. There are…

Map of Metal / Carte du Métal

Patrick Galbraith (graphic designer) and Nick Grant (metal historian) drew a Map of Metal with some pieces of  leather, chains, nails, skulls … This interactive map lists all the sub-genres and the links between them. It does not forget other associated sub-genres as punk, hardcore… We note a main continent and many small islands. The…

Some Movie Location Maps

The Movie Map is a website created in 2008 as a depository of films locations and other informations related to those locations. It uses Google’s Map API and users and movie fans can contribute.  Another website lists  films locations: the Movie Locations Guide. It presents maps of 3 towns at this time: New York, Los…

The Parallax View / A cause d’un assassinat – Pakula

The Parallax View is a 1974 thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula. Newspaper reporter Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) is investigating a secret organization, the Parallax Corporation, whose objective is political assassination. A cause d’un assassinat est un thriller dirigé par Alan J. Pakula en 1974. Le reporter de presse Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) enquête…

Rock’n’roll Metro Map

Alberto Antoniazzi, an Italian graphic designer, presents the history of  Rock as a subway map where every line corresponds to a sub-genre and every group or musician corresponds to a station that may connect two lines. He uses all the codes of a subway map : colors, symbols, legend.  You can see  it on the…

Maps by Shannon Rankin

Shannon Rankin  is an American artist born 1971 in California who lives and works presently in Rangeley, Maine, USA. She created several series of artworks with maps as raw material, maps she cuts, disintegrates, sticks, connects with threads, pins…  As she writes on her homepage: « I deconstruct maps to create new geographies, suggesting the potential…

El Laberinto del fauno / Pan’s Labyrinth / Le Labyrinthe de Pan – del Toro

In 2006,  Pan’s Labyrinth (dir. Guillermo del Toro) is released. The action takes place in Spain, in 1944, during the franquist period. The fascist army chases rebels hidden in the Spanish Maquis. The Captain Vidal (Sergi López), uses a map to organize the hunt.  He reads it with a magnifying glass and puts landmarks on…

Les chinois à Paris – Jean Yanne

In 1974, French Director Jean Yanne revisits the period of the occupation in France with a comedy where the Chinese army invades Europe. From Beijing, the ‘Central Revolutionary Committee is setting up its strategy. In committee’s premises, two types of maps are presented. En 1974, Jean Yanne revisite la période de l’occupation dans cette comédie…

Detour – Ulmer

In his movie Detour, Edgar G. Ulmer uses some very original « spatial machineries »,  especially to represent the distance between Al Roberts (Tom Neal) and his fiancée Sue Harvey (Claudia Drake). Dans Detour, Edgar G. Ulmer utilise quelques dispositifs spatiaux très originaux pour matérialiser notamment la distance qui sépare Al Roberts (Tom Neal) de sa fiancée…

Sneakers / Les experts – Robinson

In Sneakers, a 1992 film, Robert Redford is the leader of a security expert team. We can notice 2 spatial machineries that are complete opposites  (and some other stuff, too). Quand Robert Redford est à la tête d’une bande de « spécialistes » en sécurité, cela donne « Les experts » (à ne pas confondre avec la série !),…

Dawn of the dead / Zombies – Romero

Navigation tools in a helicopter, map and plans… many spatial devices are used by the 4 heroes of George Romero’s Dawn of the dead (the second part of his « Dead series ») for escaping from zombies and getting to the mall which will become their sanctuary. It is interesting to notice that the relationship to space…

Movements detector in Alien / Le détecteur de mouvements dans Alien

In Alien, the Ridley Scott’s movie, the science officer Ash designs a tracking device to detect moving objects. By this way, the Nostromo’s crew hopes to locate and eliminate the « 8th Passenger » that is hidden in the ventilation ductwork. Dans Alien de Ridley Scott, Ash, l’officier scientifique, conçoit un détecteur permettant de repérer les objets…

Dexter’s GPS device / Le GPS de Dexter

Dexter’s GPS device has an important impact in the end of Season 2. Dexter Morgan is a forensics blood splatter analyst for the Miami Police Department and a « nice » serial killer (he kills other killers who escaped the legal system). He maintains a close relationship with Lila West, a young English woman that has psychopath…