Country for Young Men Either By
Looking for the Coen Brothers
me. I went to Eagle
Pass last week expecting to see locations used in the film No Country for
Old Man. Although it has since been removed, a perfunctory check of filming
locations at IMDb did indeed list Eagle
Pass. And I assumed, since a hotel in the film was called "Hotel Eagle" (or
was it Eagle Hotel? I've only seen this film three times now) and the events of
the film and Cormac McCarthy book are set in Eagle
Pass, on the Texas/Mexico
border, that I would indeed find the things I expected to see.|
pulled into Eagle
Pass at a quarter till two in the morning. He'd slept a good part of the way
in the back of the cab and he only woke up when they slowed coming off the highway
down Main Street. He watched the pale white globes of the street lamps pass along
the upper rim of the window.
Then he sat up.
goin across the river? the driver said.
No. Just take me downtown.
Moss leaned forward with his elbows on the back of the seat.
What's that right there?
That's the Maverick
No. Right there where the sign is.
That's the Hotel
Drop me there." (No Country for Old Men, pp. 106, 107)
But no. It turns
out that most of the filming was done in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Imagine that -
things in a movie not reflecting reality....So, no Plaza Hotel. No Serf Theatre.
But here is what I did find in Eagle
Pass. First of all, there was the decidedly tropical Maverick
County Courthouse. It was constructed in 1885, and is Romanesque Revival style
with Second Empire influences. The lovely paint scheme is from 1926.
|I saw the name "Hesles"
several times while in Eagle
Pass, including on this motel near the downtown area and border crossing,
complete with eclectic birdhouse collection:|
|The Aztec Theatre,
which was built around 1915 and closed in 1982. It is mentioned in the novel:|
"He loped wincing
down the sidewalk past the Aztec Theatre. As he passed the little round ticket
kiosk all the glass fell out of it. He never even heard that shot." (No
Country for Old Men, p. 114)
Pass had a Kress
at one time, in front of which there was wooden pavement as recently as 1963:
|More recently, it
appears one could shop at the "De Todo Todo Todo Todo" (promises, promises) y
"Mi Casa" and what might have been a Kress warehouse(?):|
|Back in January 2008
when these pictures were taken, the drug cartel violence, which continues today,
had begun to make the national news, so it was slightly disturbing to see this:|
|Corner of Main and
Bibb (note Aztec Theatre):|
|These last two shots
are my favorites of what I captured while there. It was extremely cold at this
point, and I was feeling "brave" being out on Main Street at that particular hour:|
|Book Hotel Here