Location/Culture Reports

Culture Report – Episode One


Many television shows and movies have been filmed in Chicago. TV series include the Bernie Mac Show, the Bob Newhart Show, Brewster Place, Chicago Hope, Chicago Sons (with Jason Bateman who is now starring in Arrested Development – watch it Sundays, 8:30 p.m. on Fox), Cupid, Due South, ER, Hill Street Blues, Life With Bonnie, Perfect Strangers, TJ Hooker and Walker, Texas Ranger.

The following are just a few of the many movies that have been filmed in Chicago: Adventures in Babysitting, The Blues Brothers, The Breakfast Club, Brian’s Song (1971 & 2001), Candyman, Chicago, Diamonds Are Forever, Eight Men Out, the Fugitive, Goodfellas, Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity, Home Alone, The Hudsucker Proxy, A League of Their Own, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, My Best Friend’s Wedding, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Bodyguard, Never Been Kissed, North by Northwest, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Prelude to A Kiss, Pretty in Pink, Risky Business, Sixteen Candles, The Sixth Sense, Wayne’s World, While You Were Sleeping and, of course, the guide to the perfect day in Chicago – Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Books about Chicago include House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros; Native Son, Richard Wright; The Jungle, Upton Sinclair; So Big, Edna Ferber; Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser; Frank Norris, The Pit; Saul Bellow, Humboldt’s Gift and The Adventures of Augie March; and James T. Farrell, Studs Lonigan. Mystery series that take place in Chicago include Sara Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski series and Andrew Greeley’s Monsignor Ryan series. A few non-fiction books about Chicago include Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson, and Boss: Richard J. Daly of Chicago, by Mike Royko.


Movies that have been filmed in Iceland include Die Another Day, The Fifth Element, Independence Day, Judge Dredd, K-19 The Widowmaker, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Shackleton, and A View to A Kill. Movies are very important in Iceland. According to this article in the New York Times, Icelanders go to movies, on average, more than any other people in the world, edging out Americans (second place) and Australians (third).

Books written about Iceland include Iceland: Land of the Sagas, David Roberts and Jon Krakauer; Frost on My Moustache: The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and a Loafer, Tim Moore; Atom Station and Independent People, Halldor Laxness; Angels of the Universe, Einar Mar Guomundsson; Treasures of Icelandic Verse, Various Authors; and Troll’s Cathedral, Olafor Gunnarsson. The Icelandic Sagas include the Egils, Laxdaela, and Njals Sagas and the Iceland Sagas translated by Robert Kellogg.