Maybe you are living your own personal drama. You would like to move to another place but do not know exactly what to do or how to choose the country that fits you best. Perhaps you’re not looking for specific colleges or Internship positions, but there is one thing you do know and this is your passion for cinema! So, why not follow your favourite movie spot!
Lots of people choose to visit or live in cinema locations for several reasons. One, because they want to see the real places that their fave movies are based in; two, they want to feel as though they are part of a famous story; three, they want to take a selfie and post it and say I have been here; or simply just because they want to say “the city I live in is a piece of cinema history and have a story to tell”!
If films are your passion then Goguin wants to give you some ideas about the right destination for your next relocation according to the places that years ago were full of movie cameras, directors, cast and crews.
2001: A Space Odyssey
The “classic one” by Stanley Kubrick. This movie was a step forward in the way movies about space were filmed. It was almost entirely shot in the MGM Studios in Borehamwood, south-east England, while the first part of the movie was filmed in South Africa, Namibia, famous for its desolate beauty. We do not know if Namibia may interest you as a place to relocate or move to, but for sure you now have one more reason to visit it!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Oscar nominee in 2015, the movie was filmed in a hotel that might seem fake but actually really exists! It is located in the city of Gorlitz, Germany, about 60 km east of Dresden, near the border of Poland and the Czech Republic. The real name is “Gorlitzer Warenhaus”.
The film takes place in the fictitious country of “Zubrowka” in Eastern Europe but was filmed in Germany, with indoor sets built in the Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam, just outside Berlin.
Certainly Paris doesn’t need a film to be considered among the destinations where to move, but if you’re in love with the Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s movie you will love to know that one of the neighborhoods that was the backdrop for most of the scenes in Amèlie is the famous artist district of Montmartre. One of the real places that you can find is in fact the bistro where Amélie worked, named “Café des Deux Moulins”. Do you already imagine yourself with a Basque beret on your head, a book and a baguette that sticking out of your bag? Then we suggest you get to Paris and hang out among the artists of the city and eat at bistros like these and you will begin to feel apart of magical Paris!
A Fistful of Dollars
Cornerstone of the western spaghetti genre and the first of the “Dollars Trilogy” by Sergio Leone starring Clint Eastwood. The movie scenes portray desolate and sunny lands, canyons, Indian villages, lonely churches, dust raised by the horse passages. All these places still exist and can be visited! Where are these places you ask?
In the only European desert that is located in Spain, in the Andalusia region. It’s called Desierto de Tabernas and it is located 30 km from the city of Almeria, surrounded by the Sierra de los Filabres and Alhamilla. Did you think about Spain as one of the best destinations to start a new life and are you fascinated by the southern regions and area? Well Andalusia can not only be a place with cultural and historical highlights but also the right place if you want “to escape”, wear a cowboy hat and feel like your in the Wild West and be only just a few miles away from home!
A Clockwork Orange
Here we are in the center of the United Kingdom, in its capital London. If you have been impressed by “A Clockwork Orange” and want to go to the places chosen by its director Stanley Kubrick for the shootings, you can do it! The only unreal place is in fact the Korova Milk Bar”, built in a factory close to Borehamwood and the MGM Studios. All the other scenes were filmed in the south-east counties of London and in outdoor locations all around London. Such as the attack of the Droogs on the homeless was filmed in the subway between Trinity Road and Swandon Way or Alex’s flat is located at 56 Stratfield Rd, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6. It’s also interesting to know that almost all the locations chosen by the director were just a step away from Abbots Mead, the villa where Kubrick was living at that time. Lazy man!
V for Vendetta
Continuing in the UK, this movie takes place in a futuristic and dystopian Britain, totalitarian and militarized, ruled by a repressive regime which totally opposes a mysterious young man wearing a mask of Guy Fawkes. This film was shot in In two places: London and the Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam, south of Berlin. The Lark Hill’s event and the Norsefire party, were both shot inside of these indoor sets.
The scenes of the London underground were filmed in the abandoned underground tunnels of Aldwych. Have you wondered how the final scene in Westminster was filmed? The whole area from Trafalgar Square and Whitehall to the Parliament and Big Ben had to remain closed for three nights from midnight to 5 am for the movie shooting! This should be just one of thousands good reasons to book a one-way ticket to London!
The Lord of The Rings; The Hobbit
We now move away from Europe and the rest of the world in order to land in the magical territory of New Zealand. Thanks to the third and final chapter of the saga “The Hobbit” there has been a new exodus of cinephile tourists who have chosen to travel to the land of the Maori to visit “Hobbiton” and other hobbit places. Consisting of a recreation of the village of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ County, where you can also get a beer at “The Green Dragon” pub to feel part of the story!
But before The Hobbit movie, The Lord of the Rings was shot in New Zealand. The locations of both trilogies are spread between the two islands of New Zealand and many of them can not be visited, such as the mountains where the battles occur, which can’t be reached easily. Many other places however are populated by tourists, vistors and movers who have expierienced the wild landscapes and unspoiled nature of this wonderful country thanks to these movies, that led them to open up a new chapter of their lives over there!
Science fiction film par excellence whose places and planets were not always produced from digital effects. The main places of this historic movie saga by George Lucas are indeed Tunisia, Italy, Norway, Spain, Guatemala, China and Thailand.
The Plaza of Spain in Seville is for example the background to the attack of the clones; real images of Etna erupting in Sicily were combined with digital effects and used to recreate the volcanic planet of Mustafar; the Wookies planet is located in Gulin, China; the Royal Palace of Caserta in Italy was used in “The Phantom Menace” as the home of the Queen Amidala; and Tunisia has been used as the location for the scenes set on the Tatooine planet.
If you are Star Wars addicted and choose one of these spots, then you are making the right choice!
One of the all time classics and selected as the best gangster movie ever. It has seen New York as the setting to most of its movie scenes, but it was also actually shot in beautiful Sicily. The town of Corleone is in fact a combination of the small towns of Savoca and Forza d’Agro, close to Catania and Messina. In Forza d’Agro there is the church where Michael walks with his guards, while in Savoca they shot many scenes including the one in the small “Bar Vitelli” where Michael meets Apollonia and the Church of Saint Lucia where then the two of them get married.
Were you thinking about Italy as a place to move, and Southern Italy in particular? Then this the reason to see a part of the history of cinema, not to mention the culture and history of the island that will immediately surround and amaze you.
The famous and award-winning film by Ridley Scott was shot in many countries and many locations. Let’s start withItaly, and we are not talking about the Colosseum or the Roman Forum but rather of the Tuscan hills where the intense scenes related to the private life of Maximus Decimus took place. We move then to Africa where the scene from the prison was filmed in Morocco, in Ait Ben Haddou. And then we find the region of Surrey in England,as the site of the famous phrase “At my signal unleash hell”!
Again Kubrick, again a classic, again Europe. The film was in fact entirely shot in northern Europe, particularly in Britain, Germany and Ireland, where the Cahir Castle was used as Barry’s Prussian regiment camp. Did you want more reasons to think about northern Europe as a place where to move? Here the are some pieces of cinema history!
James Bond always offers new ideas to go around the world, to travel or relocate. The last film was shot in Turkey, with some scenes within the market of Istanbul and on the Varda Viaduct in Kiralan, where the protagonist falls after being hit; in Shanghai; on the mountains of Glencoe in Scotland where 007 whizzes with his Aston Martin and finally, of course, in London.
Life is Beautiful
Famous film by Roberto Benigni won several Oscars. The film was shot in Arezzo, Tuscany, where Guido Orefice wants to open his bookshop and where they are still marked the spots where some scenes were filmed.
We are still in Italy even when the protagonist of the movie, along with his son, is carried to “Germany” to a Nazi camp. This was built and designed by Danilo Donati, Fellini’s collaborator, on the ruins of an abandoned chemical factory near the Marmore Falls in Terni. If you decide to move to Italy, you can then plan a visit to the places of this famous movie to then relax in front of a spaghetti’s plate!
It is impossible to list the locations of all the most famous movies but if among these there are your favorite ones, you just need to turn them into a good motivation and start a new adventure!
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