It is becoming a rite of spring in Cincinnati. Not waiting for the daffodils to surface but rather for a sighting of a cast member of the latest moving being shot in our midst.
Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett headlines the production of “Carol” being filmed largely in and around Cincinnati.
It was February 2011 that the George Clooney production of “Ides of March” laid claim to our star-struckedness as he welcomed Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman among others to his home turf.
Then there was the widely underwhelming “The Public Eye” starring Joe Pesci filmed in Cincinnati and Chicago among other cities. This unheralded effort by the mercurial Pesci is among my favorite near brushes with greatness. The story of Leon Bernstein, a legendary 1940’s New York city crime photographer took advantage of Over-the-Rhine’s timeless Italianate architecture, especially the stoops that dot the landscape. The gritty subject of the film required many long nights of shooting.
And therein lies the nexus of my encounter with Pesci, albeit second hand.