Tuesday, July 21, 2009

500 Days of Summer's Downtown

Like many of those who have spent their formative years in Los Angeles, I've always longed to see our fair city immortalized our screen. It was in this vain pursuit that I even willingly sat through the dreadful Shopgirl. While I can't say we've found Los Angeles' answer to Annie Hall or the next Wes Anderson (come on Owen Gleiberman), I am happy to report that 500 Days has many enjoyable moments and manages to show a seldom scene side of Downtown Los Angeles. To think the original script was set in San Francisco. It wasn't until Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Marc Webb went on a visit of historial downtown tour that the script was changed to LA. Here's a rundown of the more memorable spots seen in the film.
In this pivotal scene, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel take in the downtown Los Angeles skyline from Angels Knoll. Perhaps an iconic image to rival Woody, Diana, and the Brooklyn Bridge? Probably not.

Here, Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel attend a rooftop party at Deschanel's apartment. The complex appears to be the Barclay on 7th and Normandie in Koreatown.
Karaoke at Redwood Bar & Grill.
Even the Bradbury Building makes a cameo appearance.

Here the cast and crew discuss Downtown LA.
The teaser trailer:

As for those who may be curious about how the real life Summer chooses to live, take a peek a Domino Magazine (now defunct) feature about Deschanel's home. You Love Me & It's Heavenly has a nice write up about the spread.

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