Girl with a Pistol, The (aka La ragazza con la pistola)

Date: 1968
Director: Mario Monicelli
Production Company: Documento Films

Stars: Monica Vitti, Stanley Baker, Carlo Gruffre, Corin Redgrave, Anthony Booth
Location(s): Catania, Sicilia, Edinburgh, London, Brighton, Bristol, Bath, Sheffield, Newhaven.

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A Sicilian woman’s lover leaves her and goes to Britain. In a jealous rage, armed with a pistol she follows in search of him, fully intending to kill him.

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Sicilian fishing village, Catania. Info from the Italian guide to film locations... though we have been misled.

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But no, not Catania, but in the coastal town of Polignano a Mare, south of Bari (Puglia). All thanks to Manuel Gurtner from Switzerland who sent in Google to prove his discovery for this one and nos. 7 & 8 (SJ).

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Rooftop view down the streets, Catania, but now in jeopardy of not being Catania.

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Street scene, Catania. As above

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Streets again, Catania. Probably not.

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Down the street, Catania. Nope

Street with a sea view.

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Manuel sent in this Google shot to prove Polignano a Mare near Bari, Italy (SJ).

A bit more sea, but not Catania.

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Also sent by Manuel. (SJ)

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Farmhouse in the countryside, near, would you believe, possibly, yes, you've guessed it???..Catania.

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Village square, no, I'm not going to tell you again!

Railway station but where? Waverly Station, Edinburgh, suggests Roland-Francois Lack in an email. Battle of the Sexes was shot on the steps. Is it the same place?

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Waverley Station vehicle access road. Battle Of The Sexes used The Royal Scottish Academy as a stand in for the station. SD

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Edinburgh Waverley Station vehicle access road, leading out to Waverley bridge. SD

Side of Waverly station perhaps? Miss Jean Brody was in her Prime in this city.

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Viewed from Princes Street, Waverley market, demolished in 1973 and replaced by Princes Mall in 1984, with Waverley station behind it. Location photo replaces the Google Earth image from Iain Coker. SD

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Waverley market, Princes Street, Edinburgh. Now, replaced by Princes Mall with the buildings on the Royal Mile seen behind. SD

Edinburgh perhaps? Greyfriars Bobby was shot in a churchyard at the end of the Royal Mile, anyone know this film?

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This former church was until 1979 Highland Tolbooth St. John's Church. Now is "The Hub Cafe & Restaurant", 348-350 Castlehill, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 2NE. Looking southwest. Discovered by Greg Mishevski. Location photo replaces Google Street View image. SD

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On the left is St. Columba’s Free Church, 1 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 2PW. Looking south. Discovered by Greg Mishevski. Now. Taking a few steps to the left and correcting my original photo. SD.

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"The Hub Cafe & Restaurant", 348-350 Castlehill, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 2NE. Looking west/southwest. Discovered by Greg Mishevski. Location photo replaces Google Street View image. SD

Well, one thing's for sure, Capri it ain't!

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Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh. Identified by Iain Coker. The building to the right, on the corner of Candlemaker Row and Merchant Street, was also seen in 'The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie'. SD

Edinburgh again?

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Julian Road, Bath, says Russell Groves, and with photo evidence to prove it. Well done.

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A Sheffield skyline, streets and works, with Tony Blair's father-in-law taking in the view. Granville Street, overlooking Sheaf Street.

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Granville Street, Sheffield. Now demolished. The street has become a tramway.

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Granville Street, overlooking Sheaf Street and Ponds Forge works.

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Steel Peach & Tozer works, Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham.

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Steel Peech & Tozer, Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham.

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Steel Peech & Tozer, Rotherham. The steel works closed but the building remains.

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Tinsley works staff canteen.

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Tinsley works staff canteen. Information from Sheffield History website. SD

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The steps leading to the Neepsend Station site. Painted black for filming.

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'pdprop' identified the location and sent this 'now' shot. The railway foot-bridge leading originally from Wallace Road, Parkwood Springs to Parkwood Road, Neepsend in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Looking down on the terraced houses on what was Farfield Road, now swallowed up by the Farfield Industrial Estate.

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The foot-bridge leading from Wallace Road to Parkwood Road in Sheffield, as seen in image gwp018bn. Now shot by 'pdprop'.

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A caff somewhere, Bacon sarneys anyone? Brown sauce? Frederick Street, Rotherham, next to the bus station.

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Frederick Street, Rotherham. The area has been redeveloped.

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Frederick Street, Rotherham.

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OK, cooling towers, but which ones and where? Rotherham Power Station, with the bus station and Frederick Street in the foreground. The cooling towers have been demolished and the bus station redeveloped.

St Pauls Hospital, but is it Bristol or Bath?

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Neither. This is Hillingdon Hospital, Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge. To the left were the old hospital buildings, demolished in 1968. SD

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Hillingdon Hospital, Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge. SD

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Hillingdon Hospital, Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge. SD

Hospital main entrance.

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Cossham Hospital, Lodge Road, Bristol. Viewed from ground level. SD

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By the entrance to Cossham Hospital, Lodge Road, Bristol. SD

Hospital car park.

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Hillingdon Hospital car park. One place where the presence of cars can't spoil the shot. SD

Churchyard and cottages, but where?

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Church Street, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, from the graveyard of Holy Trinity Church. No sign of the large gravestone, and a local man told me he had never seen it. SD

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Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. SD

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Church Street, Bradford on Avon. The cottages almost got demolished but were saved by a preservation order. SD

Alongside the river Avon, Bath.

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Now. Footpath off North Parade, Bath. Excellent sleuthing work by Russell Groves, and with his pics. Thank you Russ. Three good idents.

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Now. Footpath off North Parade, Bath. Pic by Russell Groves.

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Now. Footpath off North Parade, Bath. Pic by Russell Groves.

Country house along the river. Bath area?

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Jobs Mill, Five Ash Lane, Crockerton, Wiltshire. I found this just in time for a National Gardens Scheme charity open day. SD


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Now. George Street, Bath and spotted through all the clag and mist and rain by Russell Groves. Splendid work, above and beyond the call of duty. Give that man another sugar lump in his coffee!

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Now. George Street, Bath. Pic by Russell Groves.

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Now. George Street, Bath. Pic by Russell Groves.

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Now. George Street, Bath. Pic by Russell Groves.

Roland-Francois believes this is St Martin's court and they go into "The Salisbury" pub in St Martin's Lane,WC2. Remember Victim? The chequered flag in the background was the sign for a motor / railway / military enthusiasts bookshop. They used to sell my Miniature Warfare magazine, and also my books on wargaming. Those were the days!

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Definitely St Martin's Court. SJ.

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And there's The Salisbury again, as seen in Night and the City, Victim and Travels with my Aunt. SJ.


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Roman Road, Bath, another good'un from Russell Groves.


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Corner of The Circus & Brock Street, Bath. RG strikes again, wonderful.


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Looking towards corner of The Circus & Brock Street (gwp031), Bath. And even through the net curtains our Sherlock Russell is undaunted.

Royal Crescent, Bath. The Wrong Box, remember?

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Royal Crescent, Bath. Good perspective, good composition RG, the wonderboy!

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Now. Royal Crescent, Bath. RG.

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Now. Royal Crescent, Bath. RG.

And probably Bath again.

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Pump Rooms, Bath, Russell Groves with Camera, snaps shots of Girl with Pistol, great effort, many thanks.

Trafalgar Square, London. Roland-Francois believes that this scene is a real demo, cut in with a fake demo filmed at Lincoln's Inn Field.

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Taken from Landseer's lions looking towards Northumberland Avenue. SJ.

The north-east corner of Lincoln's Inn Fields identified by Peter.

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And Peter also provides the proof.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the background.

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From Waterloo Bridge. SJ.

Island roundabout, Elephant and Castle, Waterloo area, my Soldier shop was 500 yards away, Genevieve passed close by, File of the Golden Goose was opened just up the road and the Sandwich Man passed within a spit.

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Now. Elephant & Castle tube entrance now hidden by 3 fast growing trees! SJ.

Clearly legible in the original it is Waterford Road, SW6, just off the Fulham Road according to my 1950? 3/6p, A-Z.

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The same location now, opposite the tobacconist shop featured in 'Final Appointment' image finap012n. (PW)

The steps outside the Royal Albert Hall, London. Ipcress File, Love Story etc.

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Albert Court. London SW7 also seen in The 39 Steps (1978). SJ.

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Now. SJ.

Prince Consort Road, London SW7. Ipcress again.

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Now. Pedestrianised part of Kensington Gore. SJ.

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Reverse shot with Albert Mansion in background. SJ.

Thames Embankment, near Cheney Walk, Albert Bridge, Clockwork Orange and Blind Date territory.

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Cadogan Pier and Albert Bridge, also seen in The 39 Steps (1978). Was it the same location manager? London SW3. SJ.

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Now. Kiosk-less. SJ.

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Now. Chelsea Embankment. SJ.

Dockside? Factory estate?

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Newhaven Ferry Port, Newhaven, East Sussex. As close as I could get to the boarding ramp. The area is restricted and to gain access would mean getting the permission of this authority and that authority so the wrong side of the fence will have to do. SD

The Grand Hotel, Brighton, same shot is used 11 years later in Quadrophenia.

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Now. The rebuilt entrance, completed in 1986. SD

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The Grand Hotel foyer entrance. Also seen in 'Quadrophenia'. SD

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The Grand Hotel was also seen in 'Quadrophenia', 'Be My Guest' and 'Smokescreen'. SD

Probably Brighton, Night We Got The Bird.

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Cannon Place, Brighton. The rebuilt west side of The Grand Hotel. SD

Brighton Pavilion, no points for this one. Brighton Rock, and is that my old Moggie in the background?

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Now. Viewed from Edward Street. SD

The Promenade, Brighton, Carry On At Your Convenience.

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Madeira Drive. Taken slightly further east of the exact location which is now fenced off and covered in scaffolding. The arches have become structurally unsafe and will cost millions of pounds to repair. I shall distract you from that fact with these Aston Martins. SD

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Newhaven Docks? Roland-Francois Lack thinks so, cheers Roland-Francois. Others suggest Dover docks? So which is it sleuths?

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Claimed to be the Port of Ancona, Giulio Martini, author of the book I luoghi del Cinema, the guide to Italian film locations.