Thats the lament of Harry Medved, co-author of Hollywood Escapes (St. Martins Press), a book that lists the sites of famous movie locales.
He is so impressed with how Leo Carrillo State Beach along the Malibu coast in California, was able to play the part of Iwo Jima that he is honoring it with the first-ever Hollywood Escapes Award.
Medved says Letters From Iwo Jima location manager Steve Beimler deserves credit for being able to see how the beach could portray a far-off island even before tons of black sand were trucked in from the Mojave Desert to complete the look.
But Letters From Iwo Jima isnt the only movie that has a great performance by a city. Medved is impressed that downtown Los Angeles was able to portray 1960s-era Detroit in Dreamgirls as well as Victorian-era London in The Prestige.
Medveds complete list of cities who perform well in this years Oscar-nominated movies can be accessed at www.fandango.com.
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