PARKCHESTER MAKES THE MOVIES
The Condominium’s Maple Drive was the setting for the upcoming movie “Doubt” starring Meryl Streep and Paul Hoffman. The movie is based on the Tony Award winning Broadway play of the same movie. The story, based on an incident in a nearby neighborhood, concerns a nun’s suspicion that a priest in the parish may be abusing one of her students. But she is not able to act or resolve her doubts and so must live with them. The plot is set in the 1960s and when asked to provide a location, the Condominium had to make the background look as it did in the 1960s. This involved removing air conditioners that shoed in the background and substituting modern parked cars for props.
The humorous aspect of the Condominium’s effort to set the stage was that our staff thoroughly cleaned the area for the scene and then had to “borrow” several hundred bags of leaves from the North Condominium to make the background look like late autumn! Filming took place two days in January and one for retakes in February. The Condominium was reimbursed for its costs as well as receiving a daily fee. The film will be ready for showing in December 2008 in time for consideration for the Academy Awards.