Take a Tour of the Beautiful, Historic Apartment in the movie, Green Card
While putting together a recent post listing a whole bunch of my fave decorating and design books, I came across my copy of The Conservatory Book by Peter Marston. This book is filled with pictures of beautiful greenhouses. The book reminded me of another beautiful greenhouse, the one in one of my favorite movies, Green Card.
Green Card is a romantic comedy, written, produced and directed by Peter Weir, starring Andie MacDowell who plays Brontë Mitchell, and Gérard Depardieu who plays Georges Fauré. In the movie, Georges is in a difficult situation because his visa is about to expire and he will have to return to his home country, France.
Brontë, a horticulturalist and an environmentalist, is also in a predicament. The Manhattan apartment of her dreams with a to-die-for greenhouse, has become available for rent, but the board of trustees overseeing the apartment building only rents to married couples. Brontë isn’t married. You can see where this is going.
Brontë and Georges get married for the sole purpose of achieving their individual dreams: Georges gets to stay in the country and Brontë gets her dream apartment with a beautiful greenhouse. They have no plans to live together and go their separate ways after they exchange vows.
As you might imagine, things go terribly awry. The movie is funny, sweet, romantic and has a surprise ending. The majority of this movie is filmed in the apartment and it becomes an important character in the movie…a charming, captivating, wonderful character…especially the greenhouse.
The entrance to the apartment is one level down from the rest of the apartment. (Click on any photos to enlarge them further.)
This is how the apartment looks the day Brontë moves in. Apparently, it comes furnished, although, that isn’t really addressed in the movie.
The wall over the sofa is decorated with a casual grouping of pictures.
During the movie, Brontë’s parents make an unexpected visit. The tray shown here on the coffee table is visible in another scene in the kitchen.
This scene is from the day Brontë first sets foot inside her dream apartment. It’s really the greenhouse she craves with a passion…the apartment just happens to come with it. The conservatory has been left unattended for quite a while and it is badly in need of some tender gardening care. Brontë is so excited to get to work, she begins tidying and cleaning it up while still wearing her coat.
Brontë is seen resting in the conservatory, contemplating the complicated situation she’s in.
During the movie, Brontë’s friend Lauren, played by Bebe Neuwirth, stops by for a surprise visit. She and Brontë dine in the conservatory. This scene makes me think of Bunny Williams beautiful conservatory in her book, An Affair with a House.
It isn’t there the day Brontë moves in. Ummm…that’s never really explained.
The view with the French doors thrown open. Tell me your heart isn’t melting!
Brontë and Georges are trying to live together during the INS investigation period. She drinks decaf, he doesn’t. He smokes, she doesn’t. He eats red meat, she eats muesli, or “bird seed” as Georges calls it. Yep, a marriage made in heaven.
Love the vintage dresser…so romantic.
We only get a few views of the roof top garden.
Not exactly sure what that little glassed thing is. It can’t be the top of the conservatory…it’s just way too small. Maybe a skylight? Ummm, any idea?
There’s a bench for enjoying the view. Wonder what the RL means?
Additional Info. The building where this movie was filmed is The Aylsmere. The following two pictures of this beautiful historic building were found HERE at Landmark West.
Another view of The Aylsmere…so now we know how the outside looked.
During the movie, a few scenes take place in Lauren’s (Brontë’s friend) parent’s home, which is quite fancy. This is a scene of the entry/foyer.
Lauren’s Mom playing a grand piano in the music room…
The other side of the music room…
Green Card did pretty well at the box office, winning Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globe Awards. It’s the apartment and that gorgeous greenhouse that won my heart.
Did you see the movie, Green Card? Would you be tempted to marry a stranger for a lovely apartment in New York with a gorgeous greenhouse…if you could have it annulled later?
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