Story of the Filming
riding the elevator down with Marian yesterday. I mentioned to her that Al
Pacino was in the city again. His house burned down in upstate NY so he and his
'wife' Beverly D'Angelo have an apt in the city. And Marian told me her Al
Turns out in the
movie Cruisin' was filmed in her apartment! It was back in 1978; Marian said
she remembers that there were flyers
all around the village asking for an apartment because they wanted to film on
location. The director, who had directed The Exorcist, had had a
couple of bombs and wanted to go on location to make it real. Marian's applied
and they picked her place out.. they liked the layout. She figured maybe they'd do
up her apartment and she'd be the better off for it, but it didn't work out
moved most of her furniture out except for a few things, like the TV that you
see him watching in the movie -- that's hers, although she's not sure if that
was one of the four TV's that have been stolen from her apt in numerous
robberies. And when he walks over to his friend's apartment, you see her
furniture in there. Also that was her bed he was sitting on, etc.
to move out for two weeks. Friends of hers would call her on the phone and some
member of the film crew would pick up, say 'she's not here', and slam the phone
down. Her friends thought she was having an affair with a gay guy. After they
finished filming, they left, and they'd promised to paint the rooms after
leaving. But they said all their workers were in the union so she should go out
and hire a painter and bill them. She said no way, so the director got one of
his friends, a dancer, to come in and paint her apartment. It took a number of
weeks, every day she'd come home and "another piece of wall was painted (but he
was very neat)".
came the obscene phone calls, death threats, and bomb threats. The gay
community was so outraged at the movie, that they were all protesting it. And
of course the film crew was mostly gay, and they hated the movie they were making.
They knew her phone number since they were using her phone, so the number
got out, and for a year later, Marian kept getting the phone calls.
came the call "There's a bomb". She called 911 and they "sent Starsky
and Hutch over". They asked her how long she'd been getting these 'bomb'
threats (figuring she was a whack), then she told them about the picture, and
they said "oh, now it all makes sense", and told her to be careful.