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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 19, 2014 at 10:21 AM

All the pubs in ‘The World’s End,’ and more movie-location trivia

You know how sometimes you go to a website just to look one little thing, for one minute, and then find yourself sucked into a black hole of fascination from which you emerge hours later, having achieved nothing whatsoever? That happened to me, yesterday and this morning. A reader wrote asking if I knew the name of the restaurant in an early scene in “Midnight in Paris,” as he was off to Paris soon and wanted to visit (lucky reader!); I didn’t know, but a few quick seconds on Google turned it up: the very elegant Le Grand Vefour. I found it by way of a website that I didn’t know existed: www.movie-locations.com, which bills itself as The Worldwide Guide to Film Locations and has hundreds of listings, organized by title or by actor/director name, complete with photos and trivia. You can discover, for example, that many of the “pubs” in the legendary pub crawl in ‘The World’s End” weren’t pubs at all — one was a vacant storefront, another a cinema, another railway station. You can see the historic buildings in which “Lincoln” was filmed, mostly in Petersburg, Virginia; see exactly where Hugh Grant’s London flat (and all the churches) was located in “Four Weddings and a Funeral”; peruse the Chicago locations of “The Dark Knight; soak in the sunny Italian locations of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” . . . in short, you can happily waste a great deal of time, and far be it from me to judge you for that. Have fun.

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