Ladies and gentlemen

Thursday, September 3, 2009

'We are about to begin our descent into Los Angeles. The sound you just heard is the landing gear locking into place. Los Angeles weather is clear; temperature is 72. We expect to make our 4 hour and 18 minute flight on schedule. We have enjoyed having you on board, and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.'



I'd like to be able to tell you that it was a coincidence...

That us visiting the Church where they filmed the last scene from 'The Graduate' wasn't completely and geekily planned, but it was. We went on a Saturday and the Church was empty and quiet. We only stayed for about 15 minutes but during that time we met a guy visiting from Spain who was also there because of the film. He was nice and we talked about the movie and the changes that were most noticeable in the Church and where various scenes probably took place. Can you imagine how many people have visited everyday in the 42 years since it was made?

(Frames from the last scene)



And this is how it looks now, not many changes:



The last scene:



Sources: Most film frames courtesy of Pikturz and the Church is located about 30 minutes from the Downtown area of Los Angeles: 3205 D Street, La Verne, California. Visit FilmAmerica.com for more locations!

24 comments:

Maddie said...

you know, i've always wanted to see this movie! i even spoke with a friend about it yesterday, that is so funny. geeze, you go on the neatest little adventures! i love it, and what i love more is that you share it with us :) this was a great post and it just makes me decide i must rent this movie.
have a wonderful night! <3

Leah said...

Thanks for sharing that you tube link... brought back memories of the movie. I'm definitely going to visit the Church this October.

Diana said...

i've just watched this movie!! i loved it so much and so cool you got to visit the church!

Gabbi said...

~ Thank you so much Maddie♥, Leah♥ and Diana♥♥!!!

You're going to love it Maddie... hope I didn't just kill the ending for you? :)

Mujer imperfecta said...

Aggggggggg, me encanta esa escena final y la iglesia es total!!

Planet Mondo said...

I read the book before I saw the film - but great to see the then and now shots Gabbi - this sorts thing is right up my street - I've ticked off so many Rock Locations in around London.. I must blog them one day

miriam said...

seems like a great movie!
what a great location. you don't live too far from there, right?

and happy weekend, sweetheart.

muchlove said...

oh, I need to see this movie now!

Chrisy said...

How lovely to be able to visit this church...it's such an arresting design isn't it...not surprised it was filmed...I wonder if there ever were stairs...ta for sharing...

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Wait, 40 years ago? Holy moley.

I tried watching it once, but the beginning was so awkward that I turned it off. I know, I have the attention span of a gnat. I will try again soon.

natalie said...

That's so cool you got to visit the church! I saw the movie a few years ago and instantly fell in love with it, it's such a great film. I need to watch it again!

Keith said...

I haven't seen that movie in ages. I might need to check it out again. That's so cool about the church. That was such a neat idea. I hope you have a great Friday and weekend. Thanks for all the comments at my blogs. I really appreciate it. Take care. Cheers!

Couture Carrie said...

Love this film, darling Gabbi ~ thanks for a fabulous post!

xoxox,
CC

Anonymous said...

Gabbi: Actually the stairs were never a part of the church. They were added for the movie only, then removed again immediately after. Thanks for your post!

Iva said...

WOW! Gabbi! that is so cool you visited the Church! I have to admit though I have not seen the movie. I am so sorry! I will some day...for you :) hehe Hope you have a great weekend!!

down and out chic said...

you are one committed lady. i haven't seen the film in some time, but i loved it. have a happy weekend gabbi!

Rebecca said...

Somehow, I haven't seen The Graduate! But that church is very pretty, and I completely understand going to visit a place specifically because of a film. :) When I lived in Houston we were always excited about the places where Rushmore was filmed.

Hanako66 said...

you are so silly, I love that you went! I havn't seen it in ages, but totally remember that scene!

Jill Pilgrim said...

Love The Graduate!! That is so awesome!

Sam said...

How I love this movie - and that final scene is iconic!! What a fabulous thing to do dear Gabbi!! Speaking of Dustin, I saw "Midnight Cowboy" for the trillionth time again the other night - do they still make awesome movies like they used to? I wonder? Have a lovely weekend sweetie!! XX

S.Elisabeth said...

So cool, I really want to see The Graduate. I saw the "sequel" persay with Jen Aniston.

linaa, said...

ZOMG LOVE THIS MOVIEE
:D YAYAYAYAY WE ARE SO ALIKE
YOU ARE SO CUTE <3

ZOMG I HAVE TO TELL YOU SOMETING.
I WANT TO GO TO YALE.XXXX

Hey Harriet said...

I love that film! But who doesn't? Seriously, how could anybody not love that film! Lucky you to visit the church! Thanks for posting the 'then and now' photos.

I can't believe I've been out of the loop for so long. You've posted 3 times since I was last here!

Anonymous said...

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