Original film art direction by James H. Spencer (1976)
Many have emulated Rocky’s iconic stair sequence and cheered upon successfully reaching to top. The simple act of getting to the top first and throwing your arms up in the air can be a euphoric moment, one I have done countless times as well as the countless jaw dropping endings to games and races. You’re either arms up cheering, or sulking over a beer.
In 1976, Steadicam was new technology, operated only by the inventor Garrett Brown. He used the stabilization harness to accomplish smooth photography while running alongside Stallone. The 72 stone steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have become known as the “Rocky Steps,” and live as a metaphor for an underdog or an everyman rising to a challenge.
Sylvester Stallone said about the filming of the scene “the film crew, bound by a tight budget, identified the steps one night while searching for filming locations around the city. He first thought Rocky should carry his dog Butkus up the steps, but the big proved too heavy for the scene to work.”
In the bike world, riders in Philadelphia’s monthly Critical Mass bike ride generally finish up by cycling to the Rocky Steps, hoisting their bicycles, running up the steps, then lifting their bikes above their heads. Yay for bike lifts! (source: Wikipedia)
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