Statue, The

Date: 1971
Director: Rod Amateau
Production Company: Josef Shaftel Productions Inc.

Stars: David Niven, Virna Lisi, John Cleese, Robert Vaughn
Location(s): Florence (Italy), London, Paris (France), Sussex

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A Nobel Prize winner searches for the man who modeled a particular part of a nude statue of him.

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Establishing shot of the United Nations Building in New York where Professor Alex Bolt, inventor of universal language 'unispeak', unexpectedly finds that he has been awarded a Nobel Prize.

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Raymond L. Whiteley (Robert Vaughn), advocate of 'unispeak' and ambitious politician, speaks about the new language in a recorded interview for television. Unknown location.

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Professor Bolt returns from the U.S. and arrives at London's Heathrow Airport.

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One of many scenes following the journey from the airport. Unidentified location.

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Professor Bolt's chauffeur avoids a collision. Bedford Lane, Sunningdale in Berkshire at the junction with High Street, Church Road and Whitmore Lane.

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Joachim the Chauffeur recovers from the incident. Bedford Lane in Sunningdale.

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The careless motorist is berated in 'unispeak' by Joachim (Mircha Carven). Bedford Lane, Sunningdale with Holy Trinity Church in the background.

The journey continues around Marble Arch. Looking onto Cumberland Gate, London W2.

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Taken from ground level. SJ

Joachim drives around the one way road system. Bayswater Road in W2 with the Odeon Marble Arch ahead to the left.

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Now, with the Odeon split into a multiplex. SJ

A taxi hesitates as the Rolls Royce negotiates Carlos Place in W1.

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We've been here before with Performance, Darling, Ma Femme est une Actrice and The Search for John Gissing. SJ

The camera pans from image stat010 as the Rolls passes. Carlos Place looking along Mount Row in London W1.

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Digging the road up. SJ

PA Pat Demarest points out the location for the statue commissioned by Ray Whiteley. Grosvenor Square, London W1.

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I think there's been some rebuilding here. SJ

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A very young Tunstill in Grosvenor Square in 1957. The bomb damage on the right corresponds with the rebuild in stat012n.

Alex Bolt passes the American Embassy and continues home to see his wife Rhonda, sculptor of the statue. Grosvenor Square, London W1. Also seen in 'Subterfuge' and 'Children of the Damned.'

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And may I add The Notorious Landlady and A Game for Vultures and a couple of Omens? SJ

The BBC Television Centre on Wood Lane, London W12 where Alex appears on an American talk show with Ray Whiteley via satellite.

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From a slightly different angle due to being obscured by trees. (PW)

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After Alex horrifies his chauffeur whilst trying to find out if he is the model for a particular part of the statue, Joachim visits the Paraguayan Consulate seeking a passage home. A quite distinctive building but an unknown location.

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Alex Bolt (David Niven) meets his friend Harry (John Cleese) on the set of an advertisement and tells him about his suspicions of his wife's affair with the model for the statue's spectacular 'Charlie'. Unidentified location.

An establishing shot of the London Hilton on Park Lane in W1 where Ray finds out about Alex's hunt from Mrs. Southwick.

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Rebuilding on left. SJ

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American agent Hunter (Tony Gardner) is tasked to follow Alex. This is outside Imperial College on the west side of Exhibition Road looking north. Andrew Fisher tells us that "It would be very hard to get a convincing 'now' shot because although the buildings visible remain standing they have all been modernised beyond all recognition over the last ten years.

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To support Andrew's point.....but the trees remain unchanged. (RL)

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Hunter watches Pat's apartment as Alex visits to run over possibilities with her. London Cabbie Mark Myers advises that this building stands at the junction of Exhibition Road with Princes Gardens in SW7, directly opposite Imperial College.

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The roadway has been relaid with decorative licence. (RL)

An establishing shot of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa in Tuscany, Italy where Alex flies in with Pat to continue his search. The world famous landmark also features in 'The Midas Run'.

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The same location in Piazza del Duomo, Pisa. (PW)

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Expatriate friends and their wives welcome Alex ashore. Unidentified location.

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Pat (Ann Bell) and Alex eat with his friends before coercing them to undress. Unknown location.

Another suspect is followed after Ray finds out about Alex's quest and the resources of the United States are brought in to assist. Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex identified by Chris L.

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Now with much shorter grass for car parking. The castle was also seen in 'Spring in Park Lane'. (SD)

The Scottish suspect about to be checked out. Recognised by Chris L, this is Herstmonceux Castle near Hailsham, now in East Sussex.

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On the bridge crossing the moat, but the entrance for castle tours is round the side. (SD)

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The search moves to France. Quai de Montebello, Paris 75005.

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A French suspect leaves a pissoir containing an American agent with a camera. Unknown location.

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Another likely model is found in Germany. Stock or second unit shot of Hotel Bayerischer Hof on Promenadeplatz, München.

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Alex is hoisted up to visit the penultimate suspect, Jacques Tremont, who has retreated to rest with a silent monastic order. Unconfirmed location.

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Alex arrives at what is supposedly the monastery of St Barbara Roussanou, Meteora in Greece, but this is an unconfirmed location.

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Sign language is used by Alex as he tries to persuade Jacques to reveal all. Unidentified location.

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Jacques Tremont (Gianni Musy) is bemused by Alex's antics. Unknown location.

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Monks are distracted by the commotion when a fight breaks out after Jacques misunderstands Alex's strange request. Unidentified location.

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Chuck (Granville Van Dusen) and Alex discuss ways of getting sight of Jacques naked. Unknown location.

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The pair look up as a group of noisy prostitutes give them the answer. Unknown location.

When it's found that Jacques is not the model, Alex makes his way to visit the last suspect. An establishing shot of Florence, Italy.

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A closer view of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, better known as Il Duomo di Firenze, as seen from Piazzale Michelangelo. With thanks to Giuseppe Patti. (PW)

The police are now searching for Alex. Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace) overlooking Piazza della Signoria, Florence.

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One from memory. (PW)

At a street stall outside Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower), Alex sees his picture in a newspaper.

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Nearly got the shot! Campanile-Giotto Tower, Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy. (PW)

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A worried Alex picks up sunglasses and a hat in an attempt to disguise himself. Piazza del Duomo, Florence 50122.

Policemen walk by as Alex hides. Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno in Florence, Italy.

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Richard Winchester captured the location on a recent visit.

Alex makes his retreat after the Policemen pass. Ponte Vecchio, Firenze 50123, Italia.

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A little closer and a few more tourists. (PW)

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A map is checked as Alex makes his way to visit the final suspect. Via dei Benci in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence 50122.

Alex passes basilica di Santa Maria Novella in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, Firenze. Location recognised by Phil Gray.

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And Phil also provides this typical 'Reel Streets' comparison from 2008 where the piazza is being dug up.

The hunted man consults his map. Viale Giuseppe Poggi, within Giardino delle rose or Giardino dell'Iris, Florence in Tuscany. JT advises that the area is known as Belvedere.

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An up to date view provided by Richard Winchester.

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Alex arrives at the house of Guido Martinello. Unidentified location.

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The Police descend on Martinello's house in search of Alex. Unknown location.

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After Alex finds that Martinello is an elderly gentleman, he makes a run from the house. Unidentified location.

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Alex is chased through the streets. Unknown location.

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The pursuing Policeman are caught up in traffic. Unidentified location.

After jumping onto a passing lorry, Alex is brought into Piazza della Signoria, Firenze, Italia. The location was also seen in 'Hannibal'.

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The same piazza from ground level. (PW)

A party of schoolgirls arrive in the square to admire the statues.

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Piazza della Signoria, Firenze. (PW)

Alex climbs out of his hiding place. Piazza della Signoria, Florence 50122.

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Nearly the right angle. (PW)

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When he sees a copy of Michelangelo's 'David', Alex realises who the offending part his statue was modeled on. Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Province of Florence, Italy.