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Chrysler Building


Maybe it was explained in the movie and I didn't hear it... but why was there scaffolding and construction materials and trash all around the top of the Chrysler Building (even if it was a set)? Had it just been finished and no one had bothered cleaning it up? The exterior shots looked fairly real as well, so the tarps covering the spire made me wonder if they weren't props, if the building was undergoing renovation or something?

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all the exterior shots of the building were real. On the commentray, Cohen mentions some construction being done when they were filming, so they might have just not been able to clean it up everyday of shooting. The baskets on the side of the building were there for construction workers and Cohen saw them so he wrote them into the movie. They used construction workers in cop uniforms who weren't afraid to go in them.

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the interior shots were real to.

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Yes; I was interested to learn that from the director's commentary. I couldn't believe, judging from the caliber of "special effects" elsewhere in the film, that those scenes of Moriarty in front of the triangular window looking down at Manhattan weren't for real... they were just way too good. Imagine what they had to go through to get up there with all their equipment! And it was without official permission or insurance, as well, I gather.

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Yes, it's pretty impressive that they managed to film inside the actual roof of the building.

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