Hollywood also loves Spain

11 Jun

Sundays are for us Movie-Days. We love going to the cinema and forgetting about the upcoming monday between frames and popcorn, or just stay at home and choose the perfect movie.

So yesterday we began to remember some Hollywood scenes or movies that have been shot in Spain. We remember these, but we are sure there are many more:

1. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Where? Almost the whole movie takes place in Barcelona. In this Woody Allen movie you can see the most beautiful spots from the city:  ‘La Sagrada Família’, ‘Parc Güell’, ‘Casa Milà’; ‘Tibidabo’ or ‘the Ramblas’.

What do we love about the film?. Scarlett Johansson’s Lips, that our Penélope Cruz won an Oscar for screaming and going crazy, and of course, the location. We all are in love with Barcelona!!!

2. Mission Impossible II (2000)

Where? Tom Cruise (or Ethan Hunt) meets the character of Thandie Newton in Seville in a party (Flamenco performance included!).

What do we love about the film?. The conversation between the characters of Anthony Hopkins and Tom Cruise speaking about the traditional Holy week of Sevilla: ‘Festival’s a pain in the ass. Honoring saint by setting’em on fire‘. Excuuuuse me? Nobody sets nothing on fire in holy week in Spain! (the scriptwriter mixed the Holy week and the Fallas from Valencia!)

3. Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Where? This five time Oscar winner was almost entirely filmed in Madrid.

What do we love about the film?. It’s a classic. But what we definitely love the most is to wonder why they locate in Madrid to film it!. It rarely snows, and nothing looks russian at all!

4. The Bourne Ultimatum

Where? Jason Bourne needs to stop in Madrid looking for answers, where he finds his future lover who help him to scape.

What do we love about the film?. It’s our favourite action movie. We find it intelligent and non-stop thrilling. And we love that Jason Bourne also stops in our country!.

5. Knight & Day

Where? The end of the movie and the final action sequence takes place in Seville.

What do we love about the film?. Cameron Díaz, and that they have to run in front of almost twenty bulls in the middle of Sevilla!. (the scriptwriter mixed the San Fermín  Festival that takes place in Pamplona, north Spain, 900 km away)

6. Spanish movies

Because Spain also offers great movies, performers and directors, that can show you cool places all over Spain. But we will speak about them in a future chapter.

Now, and because we are going to be in Madrid for the next days, we leave you with the opening of ‘Abre los ojos’ from Amenábar (hollywood remake was Vanilla Sky). It shows la Gran Vía of Madrid, totally empty:

19 Responses to “Hollywood also loves Spain”

  1. Oli June 11, 2012 at 19:44 #

    Gran Via totally empty looks bizzare and scary! Vicky Cristina Barcelona is one of my favourite movies because of Woody Allen and Barcelona. I would also add ‘City Slickers with Billy Cristal. The first scene is set in Pamplona as the main characters take part in the bull run, and for Billy Cristal it doesn’t end very well 🙂 Anyway, great post!

    • andrewsmile June 11, 2012 at 20:08 #

      I didn’t saw that movie with Billy Cristal!! and I have to! thank you for the recommendation!! An thank you for passing by! 🙂

  2. rommel June 11, 2012 at 21:51 #

    I can’t think of anything else. I’ll ponder. I’ve seen Vicky Christina Barcelona and loved it. Penelope Cruz short outburst truly is FOR THE WIN! Don’t really like Knight and Day but was so thrill for the tour that they did around Sevilla! The bullring has an awesome entrance of that scene. I also love the walk around the garden in the palace but I think they could’ve featured the whole Alcazar and Giralda better.

    • andrewsmile June 11, 2012 at 22:30 #

      I totally agree with you!! We love Penélopes performance and we think that they could have shown more Sevilla in knight and Day haha! thanks for the comment! 🙂

  3. frenchfry36 June 13, 2012 at 09:23 #

    Now that I’ve been to Barcelona I’ll be looking out for it in movies! We actually stayed down in Peniscola where “El Cid” was filmed.

    • andrewsmile June 13, 2012 at 14:37 #

      The you should see Vicky Cristina Barcelona again!, and we love peñíscola too! Quite impressive!
      Thanks for passing by!

  4. Jeannetta Vivere June 21, 2012 at 02:17 #

    gosh I typed a note here and lost it ! sorry if you get it twice, my new addiction, Spain. Just completed my first trip but not the last, January I get Barcelona ! Plus a bit of Seville, Cordobo and Granada. Prior to this trip, movies I watched because my friend said the director is great and with Penelope how can you go wrong? Love her. Volver and All about my mother is what I watched. I’m still writing on Madrid, Segovia & Toledo, chipping away at it, thanks for all these new movies to check out I have not seen, ciao for now -jeannette

    • andrewsmile June 24, 2012 at 13:16 #

      We didn’t get it twice don’t worry! We’re so happy you liked our post! And no! it shouldn’t be your last trip here in Spain, there’s a lote of treasures hidden in this country! And is a Must to go to Madrid or Toledo! and don’t forget north Spain! Beautiful too! We will write a post about spanish movies soon, so keep connected, and we hope you like them! :). Be happy!!!

  5. Jeannetta Vivere June 21, 2012 at 02:20 #

    oh forgot this (was in the other post I lost) Vicky Cristina Barcelona, loved it and the music ! Penelope steals the show as far as I’m concerned.

  6. Open World June 26, 2012 at 11:26 #

    I don’t like Woody Allen but Vicky Cristina Barcelona is one of my favourite movies. This movie is so like Barcelona – modern and artistic!

    • andrewsmile July 17, 2012 at 19:53 #

      Woody Allen it is just fine! Sometimes better than others: I do love Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Scoop and Match Point are my favourites!. And your description it’s perfect! 🙂

  7. Mike Martinez June 27, 2012 at 17:46 #

    I liked Mission Impossible II. Borne Ultimatum too! Great blog.

    • andrewsmile July 17, 2012 at 19:53 #

      Thank you!!! I love all those action movies! And more if they have place in Spain! 😛

  8. stoppingpuncheswithmyface July 16, 2012 at 03:28 #

    Thanks so much for the like of my blog. Looking forward to your posts about traveling through Spain in your old van 🙂

    • andrewsmile July 17, 2012 at 19:54 #

      Thank you!!! We’re already preparing another road trip! Hope you enjoy reading!!!!

  9. Martyn Thompson July 17, 2012 at 11:59 #

    Erm… don’t forget Almería where the seminal films of Sergio Leone were made, parts of Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones and many more as well as music videos for Depeche Mode, Jamiroquoi (however you spell it :-)) Best wishes from… well, Almería 🙂

    • andrewsmile July 17, 2012 at 19:56 #

      Of course!! Almería was one of the main Hollywood-Spain points!. Lots of cowboys movies where filmed there! We need another post about it! 😛


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