COMING SOON TO a neighborhood near you are Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney and Maggie Smith. They are among the stars of two major movies to be filmed in Baltimore.
"Absolute Power," directed by and starring Mr. Eastwood, and "Washington Square," an adaptation of a Henry James novel starring Mr. Finney, Ms. Smith and Ms. Leigh, will be the latest in a long list of movies produced in Baltimore since Barry Levinson filmed "Diner" here in 1982. But while "Diner" was set in Baltimore, most of the recent films have presented familiar Baltimore scenes as being somewhere else.
In the make-believe world of films, everything is possible. In "Guarding Tess," a 127-year-old Mount Washington home doubled as an Ohio estate. In "Washington Square," Baltimore's Union Square will portray Greenwich Village. In "Absolute Power," Baltimore will be used in lieu of the nation's capital because the permitting process is so complicated there.