NYC locations star in many films. But in Speilberg’s latest ‘Bridge of Spies’ which is about a deeply unpopular spie swap at the height of the Cold War it’s not just a location NYC’s subway, but two of the MTA’s trains from that time. See the first video for a trailer about the film.
For exterior shots of a train of the time pulling into a subway station the train used was the R 32, which is till in use by the MTA, see this video for a shot of the R 32 from an MTA film. In this video you first see on the right of the screen a R32 flash by on a different station. Then one pulls into the station being filmed and you get good look at the very distinctive corrugated stainless exterior of these trains and later interior shots of one of the cars.
However for the interior shots in teh film, Spielberg used a train carriage that lives in the MTA’s Transit Museum. It is a R11/R34. It is the last remaining one of a batch of 10 prototypes built at a cost of $100,000 each but never used.
We’re all dimly aware of how much background work has to go into recreating films set in the past, in this case in the 1950′s. But to read the details of how painstaking that work is
New York Post is just fascinating. Even more so when what is being recreated is a small slice of NYC’s history.
At least we now know why Tom Hank was photographed sitting in NYC subway cars when he wasn’t filming some time ago. We wouldn’t even have known he was in town except that he had the misfortune to do a spot of ‘manspreading’ just when a photographer was around and took a shot. Sorry Tom but really, manspreading isn’t on, NYC has spoken.