Almería and Cinema

Indiana JonesThe province of Almeria has been the choice location for filming in Spain to this day. Major works in the history of cinema have been filmed here. Mega productions include classics such as; Lawrence of Arabia (1962) by David Lean, Cleopatra (1963) by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Patton (1970by Franklin J.Schaffner, Conan the Barbarian (1982) by John Milius, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) by Steven Spielberg or Exodus:Gods and Kings (2014) by Ridley Scott. All of them have put Almería’s varied landscape to best use, not to mention the long hours of daylight, which characterize this land of cinema.

Vivir no es fácil con los ojos cerradosSpanish cinema has also found excellent locations to recreate their stories, as can be seen in movies like: The Things of Love (1989) de Jaime Chávarri, The Bird of Happiness (1993) by Pilar Miró, Bwana (1996) by Imanol Uribe, Talk to Her (2002) by Pedro Almodóvar, 800 Bullets, by Alex de la Iglesia, Camino (2008) by Javier Fesser, Half of Oscar (2010) by Manuel Martín Cuenca and Living is Easy with Eyes Closed (2013) by David Trueba.

International Cinema has been present since the very beginning of filming in Almería, with titles such as King of Kings (1961) by Nicholas Ray, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) by Sergio Leone, Travels with my Aunt (1972) by George Cukor; The Passenger (1975) by Michelangelo Antonioni; The Wind and the Lion (1975) John Milius; Never say Never Again (1983) by Irvin Kershner; The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) by Terry Gilliam, Sexy Beast (2000) by Jonahan Glazer; Blueberry (2004) by Jan Kounen and The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (2009) by Niels Arden.

Other directors who have filmed in Almeria include: Sidney Lumet, Mark Robson, Richard Lester, Damiano Damiani, Robert Siodmak, André de Toth, Edward Dmytryk, Tom Gries, John Frankenheimer, Alberto Lattuada, Ken Russell, Wolfgang Petersen, Alain Tanner,Adolfo Aristarain, Jim Jarmusch, and many more.

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