Hometown Holsten’s - The Sopranos
I recently had to watch this clip for homework and count the numerous shots taken for this one scene. I had always heard how the Sopranos filmed their last episode in a restaurant in my hometown, but this was the first time I actually watched it. I never really appreciated Holsten’s fully until I watched this clip. The ringing bell at the entrance, the booth at the front, the candy stand on the opposite side, and the paintings in the back brought back fond memories. I’m guessing the Sopranos chose this spot since it looks like a typical diner; but, viewing the clip as a frequent Holsten’s customer, I believe Holsten’s is more than that. It’s about memories and family, which is shown through the characters uniting at the table. It’s also weird and cool how actual actors sat where I sat, and if they ate the ice cream, ate what I ate. I actually visited Holsten’s after the filming and before watching this clip and I didn’t notice a difference. No tourists or picture taking. Just the same old place with the same old locals. It’s amazing how the small local restaurant was found by the show, but it’s more amazing how the fame didn’t mess anything up. Way to go Bloomfield! Take that Hollywood! Ironic how it took a class all the way in Philadelphia to make me appreciate my little NJ hometown.