Gloucestershire On Screen was initially touted as a UK-wide project aimed at illustrating the changing face of film, movie and TV locations over the years.
The idea was simple: to show “then and now” photos of film locations and chart how the geographical area had changed in the intervening years. With the enormous plethora of films made in the county of Gloucestershire, it was decided a single website dedicated to the Cotswolds would be more than enough to keep the average “set-jetter” happy and Gloucestershire On Screen was born.
The art of sleuthing film locations is hard work and finding places 20, 30 or 40 years on can often prove near-impossible over the passage of time. Google Street View and IMDB (with actual film credits) all play their part in finding locations but people’s memories and personal accounts often prove best at sleuthing movie locations. Recently, the internet forum, Digital Spy, was used to help find locations used in National Lampoons European Vacation.
In 2009, when the project was envisioned, collections of various films had already been made. One of these, National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985), starring Chevy Chase, Dana Hill, Jason Lively and Beverly D’Angelo, can be seen below. It charts the changing face of London over the course of 25 years.
National Lampoons European Vacation locations
- Heathrow Airport, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5AP
- Lambeth Bridge Roundabout, London, SE17XQ
- Addison Avenue, Chelsea, London, W11 4QR
- Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1A 1AA
- Big Ben, Bridge Street, Westminster, London SW1A 2
- Palace of Westminster, City of London, SW1
- Stonehenge, Wiltshire, SP4 7DE
- Paris Left Bank, 9 Rue Ancienne Comédie, 75006 Paris, France
- Eiffel Tower, Parc du Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole, 75007 Paris, France
- Louvre museum, Entrée Principale Par La Pyramide,
75001 Paris, France
- Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, Place du Parvis Notre Dame, 75004 Paris, France
- Rome’s Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome, Italy
- Capitoline Museum, Rome
- Santa Maria Maggiore in Piazza Esquilino, Rome
- Piaza Novona, Rome
- Chez Francis, 7, Place de l’Alma 75008 Paris
- Etienne Marcel metro station
- Piazza San Pietro, Frascati Rome
- King’s Road, Kensington, London, SW3 4QE
- Fontaine des Innocents, 43 Rue Saint Denis, 75001 Paris
- Hotel Millennium Opera, 12 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris
- Queensborough Terrace, London, W2
- Statue of Liberty, Liberty Is, New York, NY 10004, USA
Scenes supposedly taking place in West Germany were actually shot in Brixen, Italy – including Fortessa Franzensfeste train station in South Tyrol, Italy