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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...

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...

The Last Day: 24th July

In Remember Me (2019) Bruce Dern fakes Alzheimer’s to get into a residence where an old flame is...

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

All-focus Urbasa is an open, green space in the north of Navarre, where many film makers have taken...

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...

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...

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...

Cantabria Can: 13th July

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Audrey and Katherine Two mythical maidens have made movies in Spain, and they both went by the name of...

Back to the Future: Relocation

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

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...

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...

Spanish Castle Movie Magic

In 1936 Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich made the film ‘Desire’, a musical comedy with Spanish scenery as a backdrop.

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...

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