Bicyclettes de Belsize, Les

Date: 1969
Director: Douglas Hickox
Production Company: British Lion Film Corporation

Stars: Anthony May, Judy Huxtable, Leslie Goddard, Barny Reisz
Location(s): London

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Storyline:

This is a 30 minute short film shot entirely out of doors in Hampstead.

Additional Information:

The now shots were a co-production by Simon James and Adrian Grepnold. Hampstead boy Adrian knew most of the locations and Simon took most of the now shots

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The long opening pan (lbdb001a-d) is taken from the roof of Heath Mansions, an Edwardian block of flats between The Mount and Hampstead Grove. Most of this is impossible to match from ground level.

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Through the clump of old houses that include the Holly Bush Tavern on Holly Mount, seen in 'The Killing of Sister George', towards Hampstead High Street. Gaze's was an old drapers on the corner of the High Street and Oriel Court.

Holly Mount.

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Holly Mount.

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On the roof of Heath Mansions, showing New End Hospital.

Hampstead Grove from the roof.

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Hampstead Grove from the roof.

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A corner of Heath Mansions.

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New End across Heath Street from The Mount.

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The Mount.

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The Mount north towards Heath Street.

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Heath Street southwards from The Mount this time.

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Holly Bush Steps from Heath Street.

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And, er, Heath Street from Holly Bush Steps.

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A series coming down Hampstead High Street and Rosslyn Hill. The bottom of the High Street.

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For these Simon drove and Adrian photographed.

By the Greenhill.

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Just past the Greenhill.

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Start of Rosslyn Hill.

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Rosslyn Hill.

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Rosslyn Hill.

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Cut to the bottom of the High Street again.

More Rosslyn Hill.

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More Rosslyn Hill.

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Repetitive I know, but such nostalgia for Adrian.

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By Lyndhurst Road.

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Just past Pond Street.

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Back at the bottom of the High Street.

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The old King of Bohemia pub.

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Hampstead Heath. A footpath off East Heath Road behind Bell Moor flats on Heath Street.

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Further down the path, towards the Vale of Health.

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It was just about here that Simon heard a voice calling him. It was a friend of his, someone who had collaborated on some photos for this film locations book. Small world.

Looking back up the hill towards Heath Street.

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The footpath again, towards the Vale of Health at ever-increasing speed. His brakes have failed.

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(The film was sponsored by Raleigh bikes, can they have been pleased?)

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...to come to a halt at, or rather through, the billboard.

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Back in 2009, Simon's friend's daughters are sitting on the house steps.

The poster is torn, but he's fallen in love with the girl on it.

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Squire's Mount on the south of East Heath Road.

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Up East Heath Road.

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East Heath Road.

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And northwards to the Vale of Health.

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Mansfield Terrace and New End Hospital buildings.

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Tris tracked this one down, it's the view west up the steps at the junction of Mansfield Place and Streatley Place, between Back Lane and New Endwill.

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Not that much has changed in this comparison from Tris.

We're back on the roof of Heath Mount, looking down at the alley to its north.

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Simon doing his best to match the identifying detail from ground level.

Same Alley.

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And Again.

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Now we're in Perrin's Court which runs from Fitzjohn's Avenue to the High Street.

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Perrin's Court at the High Street end.

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Perrin's Court.

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Actress Judy Huxtable married Peter Cook shortly after this film and lived with him in Perrin's Lane a few yards south of here.

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An old-fashioned restaurant called the Spinning Wheel.

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It became the Villa Bianca restaurant shortly after the film and it still is.

Spinning Wheel/Villa Bianca.

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They've built some more porchy bits on.

Back towards the High Street.

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Adrian thinks this may be South Hill Park or the road called Parliament Hill.

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Further down.

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Further down. As many clues as we can get for the sleuths.

And this is Parliament Hill the hill, not the road, high up on Hampstead Heath.

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Peter reproduces a similar view.

Not a lot to go on here - presumably nearby.

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Confirmed as Parliament Hill by Peter.