Last January some anonymous Tumblr user came up with an ingenious way to combine Google Street View and scenes from classic (and a few not so classic) films. Google Street Scene shows the geographical location of a movie scene on Google Street View with the characters and set pieces Photoshopped in (like in the photo above from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums—approximate address: 111 Archer Avenue, New York, NY).
The site maps scenes from films like Annie Hall (Diane Keaton speeding down Leif Ericson Drive in her Volkswagen convertible Bug), Run Lola Run (Franka Potente, um, running through the streets of Berlin), Beetlejuice (the covered bridge that Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin drive off of is in Corinth, Vermont), and Inception (location: the Paris of your dreams within a dream). There are also scenes from TV shows like Cheers and The Walking Dead.
Google Street Scene doesn’t limit itself to earthly locations. When I go to Google Maps and type in “Tatooine” I get zero results, but whoever runs Street Scene had no trouble mapping the location of the Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars: Episode IV. I failed to find Emergency Drive in Gotham City, too (though I did discover a place in Southern Ontario called Gotham—it’s near Kitchener—but they haven’t had a Joker sighting in a while). Google Street Scene also has the power to look into the future to see where one of the first scenes in Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian A Clockwork Orange will take place. I’m impressed.
Best of all, the site has the added bonus of operating as a fun
time waster guessing game. The photos are accompanied by a clue, and the clue links back to each movie’s entry on IMDb.