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‘Pines’ reflects city’s true grit

Film’s characters benefited from local backdrop

Actor Ryan Gosling, center, walks by the 1st National Bank of Scotia during filming of the movie "The Place Beyond the Pines" last July.
Actor Ryan Gosling, center, walks by the 1st National Bank of Scotia during filming of the movie "The Place Beyond the Pines" last July.
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Schenectady seems almost tailor-made for the canvas Derek Cianfrance used to paint his generational epic, “The Place Beyond the Pines.” The city’s post-industrial grit accentuates his characters, casting them in shadows and hues that make them seemingly explode with life on the silver screen. From the first scenes at the Altamont Fair to the last moments in the gymnasium of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church on Clinton Street downtown, the locations breathe life into ...


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