There it is again! It haunts me in my dreams!

Marathon Man runs up a stairway to nowhere

I saw this statue, "Double Ascension," everywhere back in 2007. Now I've spotted it again, this time in a movie!

6. (543.) Marathon Man (1976)
No, I'd never seen Marathon Man before. I'd heard about it, of course. The torture scenes are infamous, and rightly so. The movie stands up well. (It could have used a better ending, but I've read that scriptwriter William Goldman had the same complaint.)

There it is, the backdrop for the important scene where Roy Scheider gets stupid. The film takes place in New York City, so seeing a statue that you know sits firmly in a fountain in Los Angeles breaks the mood a little. What is it with this statue that directors keep using it to stand in for New York?

(Note that in this movie, the sculpture's top half is painted white. Is that primer, or the sculpture's raw steel? Every other picture I've ever seen of the sculpture has it all orange. Inquiring minds want to know!)

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