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The Killer

In David Fincher's latest thriller, The Killer (2003), a pivotal scene set in New York was actually filmed in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles at the historic Hotel Baker.


That is the focus—or should we say, shallow focus—of today’s screenshot.


In the scene about to unfold, The Killer (Michael Fassbender) has just arrived at a swanky restaurant, where he and The Expert (Tilda Swinton) will share a tense interaction before tragedy unfolds.


The screenshot shows the exterior of Hotel Baker’s Waterfront Ballroom (not actually a restaurant). The location overlooks the Fox River and normally functions as a space for small wedding receptions. On Facebook, the suburban Chicago hotel embraced its cinematic role despite being disguised in the film.


The Killer filmed in Chicago in February and March 2022 in various locations across the city, including Chicago’s Union Station, as you can see in this screenshot.

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