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    Watching Films from the Street

    Written by

    Brian Anderson

    Features Editor

    Street View hack showing Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train (via)

    Hacking Google Street View is nothing new. For years, dorks with too much free time have been turning the popular, free mapping service on its head--into trippy stereographic cityscapes, into anything but what the feature is actually meant for, and beyond. 

    Maybe that's why Google Street Scene seems to cut above the noise. It's a simple enough idea: Pick a film, locate a specific scene location using Google Stret View, and then graft the image from said film onto Google's map. What you get is at turns mundane and out of place, often illustrating just how much (or little) has changed since the original location-scouting research and actual filming.  

    The blog seems to have just started, with only a smattering of submissions. But it's got my eye. Here are a few notables.

    Smokey and the Bandit (1977)


    The Blues Brothers (1980)


    No Country for Old Men (2007)


    Vanishing Point (1971)


    Goodfellas (1990)


    Repo Man (1984)

    All images via Google Street Scene

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