New York Film Locations

Revisiting American Hustle

22 January 2016

Throughout 2016, otsoNY will once again revisit some film titles to add extra film locations and replace the current screen grabs with higher quality ones. First up will be the 2013 black comedy crime film, American Hustle starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams as two con artists who are forced by an FBI agent played by Bradley Cooper to set up an elaborate sting operation on corrupt politicians, including the mayor of Camden, New Jersey played by Jeremy Renner. Jennifer Lawrence plays the unpredictable wife of Bale's character.

The film was shot in and around Boston, Massachusetts and in New York City.

Various facts about the film include that the fight scene that takes place in the bedroom between Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence was completely improvised. Christian Bale achieved the physical traits of his character by gaining over 40 pounds, getting a comb-over and slouching his posture and ended up herniating two of his disks in the process. And it was Bradley Cooper's idea to give Richie DiMaso a perm-hairstyle, as well as wearing hair curlers in the scene at Richie's apartment. Costume designer Michael Wilkinson came up with a specific wardrobe scheme for Amy Adams. To subtly show Sydney's emotion and physical vulnerability, he deliberately made her clothing close-fitting, with no bras. For scenes where Sydney shows her supreme confidence in the con job, he used plenty of Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses. He also got unprecedented access to Halston's entire 1970s dress collection.

As with many films set in the past, there is always problems with background scenery. When Irving and Carmine are outside The Plaza Hotel you can clearly see the Bergdorf Goodman Men's Store across the street on the east side of Fifth Avenue. The Bergdorf Men’s store did not move there until 1990. Another is the blue necklace lights on NYC bridges were installed during the Manhattan Bridge Reconstruction Program in 1982.

Updates to the current American Hustle page will be in early February.


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