Saturday, March 17, 2012

So that's where it went

I've mentioned in the past that I've been a listener of international broadcasters on short-wave from the days when there were a lot of countries still broadcasting over the air. The broadcasters, as part of their relationship with listeners, would send out QSL cards, which are roughly picture postcards with a message on the reverse confirming that the listener sent in details of programming enough to prove that the listener had actually received the signals of the station. What does this have to do with a movie blog? Well, today in the mail I received a QSL card from the Voice of Turkey, and it's a photo of the same statue that you can see in the photo at left.

Well, that's not exactly a statue. The caption on the back of the card reads, "The wooden Trojan Horse used in the epic war film Troy in Çanakkale". I suppose they had to do something with the giant prop, and why not let the Turks have it? As the Wikipedia article mentions, Çanakkale is the big city closest to where ancient Troy was, and presumably it's a good deal for both sides: public relations for the moviemakers, and a tourist attraction for the city. After all, TCM runs those "Hollywood in your hometown" bits about the times when major Hollywood productions went out to some smaller town back in the days when Hollywood was first going out on location.

I guess I should have blogged about Helen of Troy yesterday, since it was on the TCM schedule and hasn't gotten a DVD release yet.

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