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Dead Famous in Silver Screen Spain

Spain is truly the European Hollywood, with over 900 English language films shot here over the years, many of them epics such as Doctor...

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Stephen Spielberg was influenced as a student by David Lean, who directed most of ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and a great part of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’...

San Sebastian: Bombs and Eggs. 22nd-23rd July

San Sebastian wasn't originally on our agenda, but we were tired of the meseta heat and treated ourselves to a bit of Cantabrian coast...

The Last Day: 24th July

In Remember Me (2019) Bruce Dern fakes Alzheimer’s to get into a residence where an old flame is suffering the real thing. Filming took place...

Oliver’s Army (and Patton’s Too) 21st July Urbasa

Urbasa is an open, green space in the north of Navarre, where many film makers have taken advantage of the lush greenery and the...

The Good, the Bad and the Thelma July 20th

Finally we realised an old ambition, to visit the Sad Hill cemetery, where the final shoot-out takes place in The Good, the Bad and...

19th July Ampudia and El Cid (1961)

In the Samuel Bronston epic El Cid fights for a Spain in which Moors and Christians can fight (sorry live) together in harmony. In...

ASTURIAS, My Country: 14-17th July

The church of Niembro has been used for many Spanish films and two English language films, and its location on the ría (a tidal...

Cantabria Can: 13th July

As I was saying, the owner of the hotel in Las Fraguas gave us some good information, and the next day we went in...

The Others (2001): Us and Them July 12th

It’s not unusual that a film by one of Spain’s top directors, Alejandro Almenábar, should be filmed in Spain; what is unusual is that...

July 11th: Stewart Granger and Serious Sausage

Fine Gold (1989) is a strange film, and one aimed at showcasing Rioja wine more than anything else, although it does include a 74...

July 10th: The King and I

I’m not especially hostile to monarchy per se, but when King Felipe VI’s visit to Haro coincided with mine, it was inevitable that if...

July 9th: Terminator Versus Bambi

Today was a white line day; hundreds of kilometres on the road and not much to show for it, unless you consider killing a...

Thelma and Louise on the road (finally!) 8th July 2020

Thelma arrived at an unusually deserted Alicante airport and we were off on the road to Cuenca for the first day of our odyssey,...

A Tale of Two Pueblos

“During my 40 years in Spain, I have always found that the best thing about this country are its villages (pueblos) and its people...

Doctor Zhivago: from Siberia to Soria

Arnold Schwarzenegger first came to our attention as Conan the Barbarian, a film made in 1981 in various parts of Spain. Decades later Arnold...

Gaudí in the Cinema

When is a castle not a castle? When it’s a park, obviously! Barcelona doesn’t exactly spring to mind as the setting for The Castle of Fu...

A Spanish Tale of Two Hepburns (on the road again with Thelma)

Two mythical maidens have made movies in Spain, and they both went by the name of Hepburn, although they were unrelated. Katherine Hepburn, who out-acted Humphrey...

Back to the Future: Relocation

They say that history has a way of repeating itself, and film locations certainly prove the point. One of the films that had a big...

HOLLYWOOD ADORES THE PARADORS

I have stayed at four Paradors so far, never as a paying guest but always invited to give a conference. However, I suspect that...

Silver Screen Spain Road Trip, July 2020

In July 2020 Thelma and I will undertake our second road trip, leaving Valencia on the 9th and visiting a number of important cinema...

Spanish Castle Movie Magic

In 1936 Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich made the film ‘Desire’, a musical comedy with Spanish scenery as a backdrop. Although the actors never set...

Silver Screen Spain (on the road with Thelma)

Thelma and Louise is a great film, but not something you want to watch if planning a road trip. Although it wasn’t made in Spain, over...

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