Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hollywood films lensed in Michigan

By DAVID LEWIS - Variety Magazine - August 25, 2008


Michael Moore's landmark debut documentary features the aggressive filmmaker detailing the economic decline of his hometown of Flint, Mich., and its leading employer General Motors. Moore and his small crew explore much of the area -- from run-down neighborhoods where families are cruelly evicted on Christmas Day to nearby Detroit suburb Bloomfield Hills, where many auto execs own mansions. Moore later shot much of his Oscar-winning "Bowling for Columbine" in Michigan cities like Auburn Hills, Decker, Fenton, Flint and Troy.



The titular Detroit suburb (also inspiring the short-lived Darren Starr TV series "Grosse Pointe") provided the setting for the 1997 John Cusack starrer about a hitman attending his 10-year high school reunion. Grosse Pointe's Lakeshore Drive and its opulent mansions can be seen in the film, which was otherwise primarily lensed in L.A.

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