Raisin in the Sun movie location(s)
Date: October 17, 2013 03:50AM
This was inspired by the post about the Belle Plaine filming location.
I have always heard that the scenes of the new (white) neighborhood in "Clybourne Park" where the Younger family moves in the 1961 Sidney Poitier "A Raisin in the Sun" film were filmed in North Austin. However, I have never been able to find any documentation of this - no contemporary newspaper accounts of the filming, no online discussions of filming locations, no memories from the actors, nothing.
You would think that the filming would have caused something of a stir, given the hot-button nature of race issues in America in general, the particular sensitivity to housing integration in Chicago, the fact that the neighborhood was white at the time in real life, and the fact that during the Richard J. administration few films of any kind were filmed in Chicago.
Does anyone know anything about this, and in particular, on which blocks in North Austin was the film shot?