27 Jun BARCELONA, AN OPEN-AIR STAGE
Barcelona has been the chosen location for several films, some of them starred and directed by internationally acclaimed actors/actresses and directors. In some films, you can see the most Gaudí-inspired, tourist-oriented sights, whereas others show the lesser-known corners of the city. We will start with REC, an outstanding example of filming in unusual places. If you love cinema and are planning a visit to Barcelona, read on!
Did you know that number 34, in Rambla de Catalunya has become a pilgrimage location for horror-film lovers worldwide? Director Jaume Balagueró is guilty as charged for this, since he chose this building for his successful zombie film in 2007. Weirdest of it all is not the building itself, since it is just another one in the centre of Barcelona, but the fact that nobody lives there, adding some more mystery to this present-day legend.
Without a doubt, Pedro Almodóvar is one of Spain’s best-known directors. He chose Barcelona as the stage for the 1999 film that won him an Oscar in 2000. Footage of easily-recognizable places like the monument to Columbus is mixed with scenes in which only locals would be able to identify the original location, such as the Montjuïc cemetery.
Jack Nicholson himself, under the direction of Michelangelo Antonioni in 1975, went up and down the city impersonating a gunrunner. Among other places, the movie shows the Hotel Oriente at 45, Les Rambles, where the character was logdged. The Parc de la Ciutadella, Casa Milà-La Pedrera and Palau Güell (3, Carrer Nou de la Rambla) can also be seen in the film.
Though it was 18th-century Paris that they were trying to depict, Tom Tykwer chose Barcelona for his 2006 adaptation of Patrick Süskind’s bestseller. The Parc del Laberint d’Horta became the gardens of a mansion, and the bicentennial Herboristeria del Pi (1, Carrer del Vidre, next to Plaça Reial) was transformed into a perfume shop.
Woody Allen chose Barcelona for his 2008 romantic comedy-drama, starred by Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson. The storyline takes you on a journey through not-so-known places like the modernist restaurant Els Quatre Gats , the Fundació Miró or the MACBA.
Even if Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu showcased the gloomier side of Barcelona, he did not forget to show a beautiful panoramic view from the Turó de la Rovira and a walk on the beach in his 2010 feature film.
Cédric Kaplisch attained great success in 2006 with the story of Xavier, an ERASMUS French student in Barcelona. Recurring tourist locations aside, the plot favoured several locations within the Universitat de Barcelona building (300 metres from AKO SUITE). The Teleférico del Puerto is also featured.
Though you may think it is California, the truth is Brad Anderson took Christian Bale to Tibidabo amusement park at the top of Barcelona’s highest point, and got him into a ghost train in his 2004 psychological thriller.
Steven Soderbergh got together an unforgettable cast –Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum- in his 2010 spy film, that features Gina Carano in a frenetic-action chase on the streets around Plaça Reial.
LOS ÚLTIMOS DÍAS (THE LAST DAYS)
Of course, there are many films with Barcelona as the main location. What this 2003 science-fiction thriller by the Pastor brothers shows us is an absolutely unusual view, such as Arc de Triomf o Via Laietana totally devoid of people.
Sean Pean stars this 2015 spy film, directed by Pierre Morel. The climax takes place at the Plaça Monumental (formerly a bullfighting arena). The bullfighting scenes were filmed in Madrid, since fortunately, Barcelona is an anti-bullfighting city.
In this 2005 Italian romantic comedy, you can see places like Avinguda Icària, Plaça Sant Jaume, the Parc de Recerca Biomèdica and the Parc de l’Espanya Industrial.
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