“The Stepford Wives,” the 1975 horror classic, was set in the fictional town of Stepford, Conn., but was shot in Redding, Darien, Westport, Norwalk, Weston and Fairfield. It’s the most famous, and the most damning, of the “Connecticut stinks” movies, even though the condemnation is couched in a sci-fi story. It’s all about the women of Stepford, whose behavior is, for the 70s, unusually meek and submissive. The heroine of the story (Katharine Ross) moves from, of course, New York City, with a spirited personality, and gradually becomes swallowed up by her oppressive adoptive town. The movie was remade in 2004 and Fairfield County went into a tizzy when Nicole Kidman came to town for filming. That version, however, got bad reviews.
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