Sunday, March 14, 2010
I finally found it, the lost location in Mannekäng i Rött
Mannekäng i Rött is an absurdly stylish Swedish murder-mystery set in a fashion house. Directed by maestro Arne Mattsson and released to be a big success in 1958. Some say, like me, that it was a big inspiration for Mario Bava's Blood and Black Lace - and I still claim that. But I know some conservative Bava-fans won't agree with me. Anyway. I love this movie, though it has some faults (some pacing-problems and some comedy that hasn't aged well) and has always wanted to know where they shot the exteriors of the fashion house... and I found it today, just by mistake.
I just took my iPhone and took a picture (which I also made brighter, because the shadows was hiding the details) of this square in Uppsala because I felt it was something that I recognized, and when I came home I compared it with the few shots of the exteriors and found it was the same place. The little street in between the houses is a galleria now, but in the movie that's where a lot of the action is set. The fashion house itself, La Femme, is where the blue flag is above. The big difference is that (except that the street behind it is gone) they expanded the stores and there's no "roof" where people can walk under anymore.
The ground is still exactly the same, and the pillars on the grey house to the right seem to be the same. The same yellow bricks is also present even today.
I know this probably only interests me, so you have to live with that I think :)