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Madeline's Bell Tower (Vertigo)

Listed under Film Locations in Salinas, United States.

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Vertigo (Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, 1958). Mission San Juan Bautista, 2nd and Mariposa Sts. San Juan Bautista, California, USA.

Although most of the vertiginous action of Vertigo takes place in San Francisco one of the films key scenes (Madeline’s eventual suicide) takes place out of the city in a remote mission. At the time of filming the mission didn’t actually have a bell tower for actress Kim Novack to fall from, that scene was shot in the studio and the rest of the mission scenes were shot from level or from above as if looking from the bell towers window.

The scenes where Madeline is spellbound by Carlotta’s portrait were shot at the white pillared manor house, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Legion of Honor Drive, home to an art collection and open daily to the public.

The scenes at the end of the film in Judy’s hotel room were shot in room 501 and 502 of what is now the York Hotel, 940 Sutter St., which still look the same today.

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