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Area backdrop lent realism to sweeping saga ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

Fans look on during the filming in summer 2011 outside the 1st National Bank of Scotia on Mohawk Avenue.
Fans look on during the filming in summer 2011 outside the 1st National Bank of Scotia on Mohawk Avenue.
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Only Schenectady could have served as the backdrop for Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines." There are certainly other small cities with gritty streetscapes partially arrested in a bygone century. And there are plenty of other areas with a looming sense of hopelessness created amid ebbing industrial prosperity. But no other place could offer the sincerity of the Electric City: the palpable reality forged by a community that quickly became vested in Cianfrance's picture. ...


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