double take

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One June morning last year, I stepped outside my building in the heart of Budapest to find myself in an unexpectedly unfamiliar neighborhood … of Moscow. It was, in fact, not a strange dream but the pragmatic/desperate reality of regularly renting out and closing off central areas of the city with its eclectic architecture and dilapidated grandeur to Hollywood film crews. Budapest has stood in for Buenos Aires, Paris, Berlin, London, Moscow and, well, Budapest. What I stumbled upon this time was the wrapping up of the overnight shooting of a scene from the new Bruce Willis movie A Good Day to Die Hard on Madách square.

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