Passenger, The

Date: 1975
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Production Company: Les Films Concordia, CIPI Cinematografica, Champion

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Steven Berkoff, Ian Hendry, Jenny Runacre
Location(s): Algeria, Andalucía and Cataluña (Spain), London, Munich (Germany)

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Whilst in Africa a frustrated war reporter assumes the identity of a dead arms dealer.

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Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson from source material provided by John Tunstill.


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Television journalist David Locke drives into a village in Chad to complete the filming of a documentary. Djanet (????) in Illizi Province, Algeria.

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David Locke (Jack Nicholson) enters a house to meet a guide who can take him to meet with rebels. Djanet in the Sahara desert, Algeria.

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After failing to find any rebels to interview and leaving his stuck Land Rover in the desert, Locke walks back to his hotel near N'Djamena in Chad. Djanet, Algeria.

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An exhausted Locke reaches the hotel where Englishman David Robertson is also a guest. Djanet, Algeria.

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After Robertson is found dead, Locke assumes his identity and reports that 'David Locke' has died. A police officer leaves the hotel. Djanet, Algeria.

David Locke walks through the Brunswick Centre as David Robertson. Marchmont Street, London WC1.

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The same place now taken by Peter.

David Locke descends steps at the Brunswick Centre, Marchmont Street WC1.

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The stairs which led to the flats have gone and now it's tricky, unless a resident or friend, to gain much access but this looks a fair approximation of where Nicholson stood with the western side of the centre behind him. SJ

Locke walks towards his home. Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London W11.

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Railings back after being melted down for the war effort. SJ

Locke stands across the road from his house. Lansdowne Crescent in W11 with St Johns Church in the background. The church appears in 'Steptoe and Son' and 'Seven Days to Noon' and the surrounding streets are seen in 'The Blue Lamp' and 'Hennessy'.

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St. John's church now. SJ

Locke crosses the road to his former home. Lansdowne Crescent in Notting Hill, London.

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This can also be glimpsed in Hennessy and The Final Conflict. SJ

Locke approaches the front door. Lansdowne Crescent in W11.

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It's 3rd September 1973 and David Locke has just found out that David Robertson is an illegal arms dealer. Munich Airport, Germany.

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Locke drives away from the airport after being spotted by gun runners. Munich Airport.

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Locke drives through the streets of München (Munich), Germany. Unidentified location.

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Locke follows a horse and carriage through Munich. Unknown location

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Still following the carriage somewhere in Munich. Unidentified location.

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Locke arrives at the rendezvous with the United Liberation Front gun runners arranged by Robertson. Unidentified location.

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Locke walks through the a graveyard before entering the church. Unknown location.

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In flashback, David Locke leaves after interviewing a government figure in Chad. Djanet south of Tassili N'Ajjer National Park.

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Locke and his film crew drive away. Djanet, Algeria.

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Government agents arrive to pick up one of the rebel gun runners. Stefan Pöschel advises that this is Odeonsplatz in Munich.

Locke takes the Barcelona Port Cable Car across the harbour to Barcelonetta. Miramar station on Montjuïc, Barcelona with the tower of Torre Jaume I in the centre background.

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The cabin is the same but the livery is different. (PW)

Locke looks out of the cable car over the port of Barcelona, Spain.

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The same view with a modern skyline but to the right, the Columbus Monument still stands in Passeig de Colom at the end of La Rambla. (PW)

Locke talks with an old man. L'Umbracle (Shade House), Parque de la Ciudadela in Barcelona.

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The best angle that can be taken through the closed doors and overgrown foliage of the derelict looking building. (PW)

Inside L'Umbracle in Parque de la Ciudadela. Built between 1883 and 1887 by Josep Amargós the building was used as a pavilion during the 1888 Barcelona Universal Exposition.

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Outside L'Umbracle, now in need of some TLC. (PW)

Locke leaves the Hotel Oriente. La Rambla, Barcelona

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The same location. (PW)

Locke avoids his old friend Martin Knight who has come in search of Robertson.

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La Rambla in Barcelona, almost opposite Carrer del Pintor Fortuny. (PW)

Locke enters Palau Güell (Güell Palace) where he meets a Girl. Carrer Nou de la Rambla, Barcelona.

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Not a great deal of change over 41 years. (PW)

Locke approaches Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera, at the corner of Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer de Provença, Barcelona in Cataluña.

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A few more tourists here now, with a coach blocking a more accurate shot. (PW)

The higher frontage of La Pedrera at the corner of Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer de Provença.

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The same building on a brighter day taken by Julie Gauci.

On the roof of Casa Milà. The inovative building was designed by architect Antoni Gaudí and built between 1905 and 1910 for Roser Segimon and Pere Milà. Barcelona, Spain.

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With acknowledgement to the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation for granting permission for reproducing this image. (PW)

Locke walks through the rooftop forms of Casa Milà. Barcelona.

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I'm sure it's the same structure to the right but there appear to have been some alterations over the years. With thanks to the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation. (PW)

Locke meets with the Girl (Maria Schneider) again. Casa Milà, Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona.

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The roof top is very confusing!! With acknowledgement to the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation for granting permission for reproducing this image. (PW)

Locke follows the Girl and asks her to get his belongings from the hotel so that he wouldn't be seen by Martin Knight. The rooftop of Casa Milà, Barcelona, Spain.

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Yes, it's the same spot - just a different angle and focal length. With thanks to the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation. (PW)

Martin Knight (Ian Hendry) hails a cab outside Locke's hotel after the Girl agrees to take him to see Robertson.

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The taxi is still waiting on La Rambla, Barcelona. (PW)

The Girl drives past Martin's cab and loses him. La Rambla facing south east.

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It was a bit busier when I visited! (PW)

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Locke and the Girl drive from Barcelona to the south of Spain. Unknown location.

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The pair arrive at a hotel. Unidentified location.

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Locke parks the car and the couple book into the hotel. Unknown location.

Meanwhile, back in London, Locke's wife drives to the Embassy. Rosary Gardens in Kensington, London SW7 found with the help of Simon James.

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Rachel Locke turns into Wetherby Place, in SW7, to park outside the Embassy and pick up David's belongings.

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Rachel parks outside the Embassy. Wetherby Place, London SW7 identified by Simon James.

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Smartened up steps. SJ

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Locke and the Girl arrive at Plaza de la Iglesia in the films San Ferdinando. Unidentified location.

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Panning from image pass042. A building opposite Plaza de la Iglesia in San Ferdinando. Unknown location.

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Locke tells the Girl that he should proceed alone. Unidentified location.

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Locke parks the car and goes in search of Robertson's contact. Unknown location.

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The Girl meets up with Locke after no one shows up. Unidentified location.

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After becoming suspicious, Locke's wife arrives in Spain in search of Robertson. Unknown location.

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The police station where Rachel Locke begins her search. Unknown location.

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Rachel Locke (Jenny Runacre) waits to enter the police station. Unidentified location.

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The Girl decides to part company with Locke. Unidentified location.

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After Locke catches up with the Girl, he is called out of a restaurant when the police become suspicious about his car. Unidentified location.

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The Girl translates the policeman's questions. Unknown location.

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Locke watches as the Girl takes the car and follows the police. Unidentified location.

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The Girl drives away leaving Locke at the restaurant. Unknown location.

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The Girl returns to Locke and explains that the police are looking for David Robertson. Unidentified location.

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Locke and the Girl arrive at Hotel Costasol, Paseo de Almería, Andalusia, Spain

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After he and the Girl are spotted by Rachel, David drives away. Almería, Andalucía, Spain.

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Locke speeds through the streets of Almería, Andalucía.

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Panning shot from image pass058. Unidentified location in Almería, Spain.

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Panning further, the car corners again. Almería, Andalucía, Spain.

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One of the rebel gun-runners watches as Rachel enters the Hotel Costasol, Paseo de Almería, Almeria.

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David drives out of Almeria. Unidentified location.

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Panning shot from image pass061 as the car speeds away. Unknown location in Almeria.

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The couple leave Almeria behind. Unknown location.

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David drives along the coast road. Unidentified location.

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A police car follows as the couple's car enters a tunnel. Unknown location.

After shaking off the police and damaging the car, David and the Girl arrive in a small town and ask for directions to a garage. Unidentified location.

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"Not the exact location but on the same road at the foot of the cliff village of Sorbas in Almeria. The bar location may even be the small yellow building at the bottom right." Info and shot, taken in Sept. 2013, from David Lippiatt. And definitely worth a closer look. (SJ)

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Rachel Locke leaves the police station. Unknown location.

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Rachel accompanies police officers to their car. Unknown location.

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The police and Rachel drive away. Unidentified location.

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Panning shot from image pass070. Unknown location.

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David remarks that the car won't make the journey along a track to the garage. Unidentified location.

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Locke puts the Girl on a bus, promising to meet her in Tangier later. Unknown location.

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Locke walks to the garage and finds it closed. Unknown location.

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Locke walks and talks with an old man. Unidentified location.

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Panning from the previous image. Unknown location.

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David wanders around the village before returning to the car. Unidentified location.

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Locke arrives at Hotel de la Gloria in Osuna. Vera, Almeria, Spain.

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Locke's cab pulls into the Hotel de la Gloria. Vera, Spain.

A driving lesson takes place outside the hotel as the gun runners catch up with Locke. This looks like the bullring in Vera, Almería, Espania.

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The bullring in Vera. Another one from David who apologises for the holiday snap aspect, taken in Sept. 2013. I think we're all ok with this. (SJ)