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Monday, October 12, 2009 - 9:54am

Robert Redford Attracts a Crowd in Savannah

Director Robert Redford attracted scores of on-lookers as filming began in Savannah on Monday for a movie set in the Civil War.

Among the celebrity-watchers, Canadian visitors Rob Neil and Cathy Lundeen were on a morning walk when a local alerted them to the hubbub. They were standing in a line of about forty people when the director moved into view.

"He's right there, with the blond hair," Lundeen said, in a hushed tone. Neil joined in the whispered enthusiam, exclaiming, "There he is! There he is!"

Redford's The Conspirator was filming and the director could be seen moving around the set.

Crews decorated a downtown block to look like Civil War era Washington D.C., complete with dirt covering the brick street and horse drawn carriages nearby.

Extras in period costumes waited for action, as did scores of camera-toting on-lookers like Cathy Kellogg of Savannah.

"It's awesome," Kellogg said. "It's just a great thing for the city and it's a great city to film in."

Redford's film tells the story of Lincoln assassination conspirator Mary Surratt and is the second major film production in Savannah this year.

Crews are expected to remain in the area into December.