As a young teenager, me and a friend saw this movie in the theater when it first came out. Great movie. I catch it on TV sometimes when flipping through the channels and still stop and watch it.
Where did this all begin? The French Connection? No, likely even before that. The Three Stooges? Harold Lloyd? Charlie Chaplin? The Keystone Cops? They've been wrecking cars for movies since they started making movies.
Will they replace it all with CGI? Yeah, probably. But remember, CGI has already come a long way in the last 10 years or so. I think it's likely that a car chase with this sort of mayhem will be made in the future that will feature CGI stunts that will be totally believable. And possibly some stunt people's lives will be saved, along with some collectable cars.
Good point @Tinkerah . It's come a long way. Our middle son works for a helicopter company that - in addition to many other roles - provides aircraft for movie and TV shoots. (Think Sicario and Kong, as examples.) They do quite a bit of "live action" flying, but CG a ton of "multiple choppers" and "extreme flying" in amongst the real stuff. Unless he tells me which things are real and which are faked in, I often cannot tell the difference. And even then, I sometimes think he's telling me wrong, just to yank my chain a bit - sons are often like that, y'know!
The movies, TV and commercials use a combination of real aircraft and CGI. Sometimes there is one or two helicopters provided, and then the rest are dubbed in via computer simulation. Not sure that'd work for car scenes, but it does indicate that @Tinkerah is correct - they can do almost anything with CGI today, and it's only going to keep getting better and better.
I remember walking through Dixie Square Mall as a youngster. Even though the movie was filmed in 1979, they did not demolish the vacant, decrepit mall until 2012.
The famous Blues Brothers Street mural from the Ray Charles scene made it to last year, but it is no more, unfortunately.
I give the like for the story provided, but I don't like the story that the mural is gone. So sad! But like lots of things I love in Chicago it joins the list of things that couldn't survive the toxic environment of politics, taxes and/or covid.
And that’s why I no longer live there. Leaving that mess behind for NC was the best thing I ever did, and the wonderful driving roads down here are just icing on the cake.