As you know, I’ve been working to get the 1917 version of Kidnapped released on DVD. My latest shipment of footage included an exterior shot that has made me very curious. Just where is this mysterious castle?
This castle is clearly not a set or a miniature, it’s a solid piece of stone and mortar. It likely would be located in the New York/New Jersey area (Edison productions were creative and well-made but not lavish).
Alas, the area is packed silly with castles. Normally, this would be a wonderful problem but it does rather crowd the suspects list. Also, the castle is show at a fair distance, we don’t get any drone shots (wouldn’t early filmmakers have loved drones?) or anything more than the castle as a backdrop.
I’ve been asking around social media and have had many excellent responses from generous film buffs. Here are some suggested locations in the New York/New Jersey area:
There are many possibilities but I am still not 100% certain about any of them. Some factors:
Terrain: the film was shot somewhere hilly and with a fair amount of acreage between the main gate and the castle.
Flora: the film was shot in an area that seems to have mostly deciduous trees.
The castle has at least one tower with a pointy roof (aren’t we technical?), one turret and is located near a body of water.
Anyway, please give this your best guess. I truly appreciate your help!
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