PAM Movie Night, take 1

The PAM staff has been adding some brevity to the preservation scene by getting together for film screenings. The prerequisite is that the movie must have a preservation subplot, or a Minnesota setting or theme.

First up, The Goonies, the classic Steven Spielberg mid-1980s crusading kids romp.

Emily:

I’ve never seen the Goonies.

Will:

Me, neither.

Erin:

What?!? This is another game of  how-much-older-is-Erin-than-everyone-else-in-the-office, isn’t it?” *sigh*

Will:

Wait, where’s the preservation connection in The Goonies?

Erin:

The movie was filmed in Astoria, Oregon. The kid’s dad is the director of the local historical society. In real life, it’s a historic house museum, the Flavel House. And the kid’s own house is about to be foreclosed on and demolished, which is why they go hunting for pirate gold.

Emily:

Of course.

Will:

Completely logical, completely preservation.

(after the movie)

Will:

As far as preservation goes, this was all about a sense of place.

Emily:

It’s a little preposterous that they’d raze an entire neighborhood to put in a golf course.

Erin:

Spoken like a true planner, Emily.

Emily:

No, really, golf courses are typically built on old farms, not on top of existing neighborhoods. Plus, it was on a hill, and all the golf balls would roll downhill to the ocean.

Will:

As a golfer, I know that’s not true. I’ve played golf courses on the side of a mountain. It’s obnoxious, but it is done.

Erin:

We’re getting a little sidetracked here. I agree with Will’s assessment of the sense of place, although most of the movie takes place underground. The Victorian houses at the beginning are really evocative, though. And Astoria is a gorgeous Oregon coastal town. It was shrouded in fog or rain most of the time but, hey, that’s pretty typical Oregon, too.

Emily:

The neighborhood seemed really authentic – a little downtrodden, but like real working people lived there. Lots of times only pretty neighborhoods are shown in movies. I thought this was an honest portrayal of a historic neighborhood before it was recognized as historic.

Erin:

Yeah, you could have substituted parts of West Duluth for Astoria.

Will:

And a sunken ore boat for a pirate ship.

Emily:

When they found the gold in the old pirate ship and the kid realized he would save his family’s house with the loot, that brought the story full circle.

Will:

Anybody know of some buried treasure in Minnesota?

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