Durham was ready for its closeup, but the cameras were in Georgia.


Alright, Mr. DeMille, I am ready for my closeup.

That's one of moviedom's most iconic lines, uttered

by a delusional Nora Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.

The City of Durham, too, was ready for its closeup on the silver screen when the movie The Best of Enemies opened recently at theaters across the country.

Unfortunately for Durham and North Carolina, the most Durham-ish movie of all time was not shot in Durham. It was shot in Georgia because our shortsighted legislature abolished all of the tax incentives that at one point made the state an appealing destination for movie makers.