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That Hollywood majors and elsewhere roll his films in Almeria is normal for over 60 years. These are the reasons.
Before, many times, were often used crude decorated film sets for the setting of a film, and only sometimes, when they had enough budget, was carried out one of the most important jobs in any self-respecting film production: find the best locations to serve as a stage for what we want to have moving images. Of course, it keeps rolling on soundstages, today especially with chroma and digital effects, but international film shoots are widespread, especially in Hollywood . And one of the favorite destinations for certain films has been the Spanish province of Almeria for many years ; and is still the singles with the artistic purpose.
The reason that is chosen by the almeriense landscape as theater environment is none other than its aridity, made dry land, dunes, scrub and some non-native palm trees, planted for the shooting, which mimics the Old American West, Saudi early twentieth century, north Africa in World War II or the old Middle East , its ancient buildings and its shores in addition to its peculiar light, which carries more than sixty years romancing cinematographers
the Hollywood filmmakers or spaghetti western have taken their cameras until the Tabernas desert, beaches and cliffs of Cabo de Gata, the farmhouse of the Genoese or the campillo de Dona Francisca, the municipality of Nijar, the hamlet of apricots, mining saws Macael and gold mines of Rodalquilar, the old Moorish Alcazaba fortress and ramparts of Jairán or the town of Fraile, also known as Mini Hollywood, who first seemed built for the filming, and then Texas Hollywood / Fort Bravo and Western Leone. This is undoubtedly the cinematic territory Spanish par excellence .
The most important films that have been shot in Almería
Among the more than half thousand movies for which this Spanish province has been one of his shooting scenarios include King of kings , directed by Nicholas Ray ( Johnny Guitar , Rebel without a cause ) and El Cid Anthony Mann ( distant horizons , fall of the Roman Empire ), with Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, both Hollywood and 1961; or the Oscar-winning Lawrence of Arabia David Lean ( The bridge over the Kwai river Doctor Zhivago ), with interpretations of Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn or Omar Sharif in 1962.
also Cleopatra Joseph L. Mankiewicz ( Eve , the mark ), in 1963, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison in the cast; A Fistful of Dollars Sergio Leone ( Once Upon a Time in America ), in 1964 with Clint Eastwood; The Hill Sidney Lumet ( Twelve Angry Men , Network ), with Sean Connery, and Fistful a price Leone, with Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonte or Klaus Kinski, both in 1965; or ending the most famous Leone trilogy, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly , 1966, with Eastwood, Van Cleef and unpayable Eli Wallach.
or Once Upon a time in the West , another Leone in 1968, with Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda and Jason Robards; Oscar-winning Patton , Franklin J. Schaffner ( Planet of the Apes , The Boys from Brazil ), in 1970, with George C. Scott and Karl Malden; Fraud href=”http://hipertextual.com/tag/orson-welles” Orson Welles ( Citizen Kane , Chimes at midnight ) no less, in 1973, with Joseph Cotten and Welles himself before the cameras; Conan the Barbarian John Milius in 1982 with Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones and Max von Sydow; The Neverending Story Wolfgang Petersen ( The submarine ), in 1984; or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Steven Spielberg ( Schindler’s list , Minority Report ) in 1989, with Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, John Rhys-Davies or River Phoenix.
on the other hand, directors who have excelled in his other works also marched to Almeria for make films that did not have much luck ; directors like Jean Becker ( The fortune to live ), Marco Ferreri ( The pisito ), Mark Robson ( The Harder They Fall ), Arthur Hiller ( Love Story ), Richard Lester ( Robin and Marian ), Robert Siodmak ( Outlaws ), Edward Dmytryk ( Crossfire ), John Guillermin ( Death on the Nile ), Rainer Werner Fassbinder ( the bitter tears of Petra von Kant ), Richard Fleischer ( the Vikings ), John Frankenheimer ( Birdman of Alcatraz ), Terence Young ( Agent 007 against Dr. No ), George Cukor ( My Fair Lady ), John Sturges ( the great escape ), Irvin Kershner ( return of the Jedi ) Terry Gilliam ( href=”http://hipertextual.com/2012/04/12-monkeys-curiosidades-del-clasico-de-gilliam-retrogeek” Twelve monkeys ) and Gabriele Salvatores ( Mediterranean ).
and since the beginning of this century, these films known in which one can recognize the almeriense environment Sexy Beast , by Jonathan Glazer, in 2000; The Reckoning , Paul McGuigan, in 2003; Brothers Susanne Bier, in 2004; Sound of Thunder , by Peter Hyams, in 2005; Millennium 1: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Niels Arden Oplev, and The Limits of Control , Jim Jarmusch, in 2009 ; Exodus href=”http://hipertextual.com/2015/10/ridley-scott” Ridley Scott which left some sixteen million euros profit for Almeria in 2014; or the recently released Risen Kevin Reynolds, and adaptation of Assassin’s Creed Justin Kurzel in this 2016 will not be the last.
April 5, 2016
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