Last month, we filmed the final scene for Harrison's Closet which picks up some 20 years later in the early 1970s. A word of advice, if you have the space never get rid of any wardrobe -- even from short films. We ended up repurposing wardrobe from A Man of Limited Emotional Means and dressing Jay Disney (Harrison) in Jackson's infamous blue pants -- or at least they were infamous on set. A total time and money saver!
While it was fantastic to finally wrap Harrison's Closet, what I was most excited about was the prop used in the scene. It was an authentic Goldblatt's shopping bag from the late 1960s. For those not familiar with Goldblatt's, they were a small chain of department stores that went out of business in the early 00s. We had three or four of them in Chicago.
Not to sound like a total granny (Get off my lawn!), but department stores aren't what they used to be. Whenever my mother would take me to Goldblatt's, it was a treat.
My earliest memory of the store was going there when I was 4 or 5. The store had several floors and when you first walked in, you were dwarfed by a huge candy display where you could buy "fancy" candy in bulk. I remember the clear acrylic bins bursting with lemon drops, jelly-filled strawberry candies, light blue mints wrapped in cellophane.
The store didn't have an escalator but it did have an elevator which had an actual elevator operator. He could take you to the furrier on the upper level, or the furniture shop.
One of the things I love most about moving making is the potential nostalgia it can bring you. Really, for me, it's the goofy small details that get me.