Southie Stories

Feature

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, opens this week. It’s set in a rough-and-tumble Irish neighborhood in Boston -– the same setting as Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky looks into why his hometown of Boston (and specifically the areas of Southie and Dorchester) keeps getting treated to these class-centered cinematic portraits.

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Contributors:

Eric Molinsky

Comments [6]

James from Somerville, MA

Great program overall, but two things not "right on."

Mystic River is not set in Southie.

There are multiple Boston accents, with a big north/south split. See Mark Wahlberg's authentic Dorchester accent in the Departed vs. Damon's imitation of the North Shore accent. "Idear" is more part of the north accent, people who grew up in Dorchester, Southie, Quincy, etc. don't say it so much.

Jan. 27 2008 10:35 PM
Joel

I thought Mystic River was set in Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Nov. 20 2007 03:13 PM
J. Michael Short from San Antonio

I lived in Laredo, Texas, on the Texas/Mexican border for 8 years prior to moving to San Antonio. John Sayles' movie "Lone Star" came out while I was living there on the border. Lone Star is set in a fictional town on the Tex/Mex border but it absolutely nails border culture and the people that inhabit that very distinct land.

Few film makers capture a sense of place as well as Sayles does, and I think Lone Star is one of the great American movies of all time.

Oct. 24 2007 09:22 PM
Jess Searer from DETROIT

EVERY MOVIE I HAVE SEEN SET IN DETROIT SEEMS TO GET IT WRONG. THERE IS MORE HERE THAN THE BIG TIRE AND THE BILL BOARD WITH THE BIG THREE YEARLY PRODUCTION NUMBERS

Oct. 23 2007 01:36 AM
Spencer Pantera from Fargo, ND

I'm from Fargo. Yes, THAT Fargo. When I heard this story on the radio with the last line "Is there a movie that gets your town totally wrong?" my instinct reaction was something like, "Why would you set a movie in Fargo?" But then I had a quick reaction to that thought, wait a minute, yes there was a movie set in Fargo!

Whenever I tell someone from out of town that I'm from Fargo their next statement is inevitably something in reference to the movie of the same name. At the time my dad was an entertainment writer for the town's largest newspaper, The Forum. He loved the movie. I saw it once a long time ago, I thought it was okay.

Now going back to the question that prompted me to come here and write this, I would be inclined to say that they did get it wrong. Of course, I tend to be biased, for, like everyone else here, I know that all of the film sans one scene were filmed in places that were not Fargo. But on the other hand it portrays Fargo as kind of a dinky little town in the middle of nowhere when it's really quite metropolitan, at least compared to the real small towns in North Dakota and Minnesota.

And I have to say something about the accents: yes, some people here (albeit not very many nowadays) do talk JUST like that. And it's hilarious.

Oct. 21 2007 11:38 PM
Keith from Upstate

http://tinyurl.com/34b8vo

(re: Fargo)

Oct. 18 2007 01:00 AM

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