spanish movie?

Old Mar 26th, 2003, 10:40 AM
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spanish movie?

I am going to be traveling to Spain in May and would like to watch some movies which give me a feel for the country. Any suggestions? We will also be briefly going to France and Amsterdam, so any movies for these places would be great as well. Thanks!
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Old Mar 26th, 2003, 10:58 AM
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I'm not a huge fan of Almodovar, but any of his films would at least give you a feel for Spain, Talk to Her is his most recent release, at least in the US. Yo can also do a power search for movies by country on imdb.com.
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Old Mar 26th, 2003, 10:59 AM
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Death in the Afternoon
Bienvenido Mr. Marshall
skip Almodovar movies - there's not much scenery or atmosphere in them.
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Old Mar 26th, 2003, 01:05 PM
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Cinema Paradiso is in Spain, I believe. There's a recent thread "movies that make you want to travel" that may have more.
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nanoose,
I find lots of scenery in Almodóvar movies.
His most recent Talk to Her is filmed in Madrid and environs and several Andalusian cities and is a wonderful film. Just won an Oscar for best original screenplay and a Golden Globe for best foreign film.
Lots of scenes filmed in Madrid in Almodóvar's hilarious Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown plus What Have I Done to Deserve This, High Heels, Live Flesh, etc.

Another fine and famous Spanish director to look for is Carlos Saura. His "Cría Cuervos" was filmed in the house across the st. from my apt. in Madrid. His Flamenco was filmed in an abandoned railway station in Seville, his Carmen (a flamenco version of the opera) was filmed in Madrid and ¡Ay Carmela! and the rather disturbing La Caza (The Hunt) take place during the Spanish Civil War.

Spain's legendary director, Luis Buñuel filmed his Tristana, based on the Galdós novel, in Toledo.
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Old Mar 26th, 2003, 02:01 PM
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nanoose,
Another really fine Spanish film which won an Oscar for best foreign film is Fernando Trueba's Belle Epoque, another period piece. Can't remember right now where it was filmed, but it's a great movie.
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"Abre Los Ojos" (Open Your Eyes) is the Spanish film by Alejandro Amenabar that was remade (almost a straight copy) as Vanilla Sky. It's based in Madrid.

A Carlos Saura flamenco film I enjoyed is "El Amor Brujo", the third in the trilogy after "Blood Wedding", "Carmen".
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I too will be in Spain in May! This recent thread is primarily re books set in Spain, but also mentions a few films:

http://fodors.com/forums/pgMessages....2&tid=34401189
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A recent film I enjoyed that had great shots of Barcelona is "Gaudi Afternoon" with Judy Davis. It gives you a real feel for the influence of Gaudi on the city.

Another film that has shots of Paris and Amsterdam (as well as Portugal) is "The Invisible Circus" with Cameron Diaz.
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Old Mar 26th, 2003, 03:43 PM
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Another vote for Belle Epoque--wonderful film!

Cinema Paradiso was meant to take place on Sicily; assumed it was filmed there, also.
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"Barcelona," "Flamenco" (I think that's what it was called), and "Tie me up Tie me Down" (early Antonio Banderas if you like him. I don't know how much a feel for the country they will give you, but they were filmed in Spain, and they were entertaining.
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Two of my all-time favorite films happen to be spanish but they are not recent.
"Cria""
"The spirt of the Beehive."
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