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Barcelona Cinema

Lights... Camera... ACTION... Barcelona style!

Lights... Camera... ACTION... Barcelona style!

The Catalan Capital: A stage for the big stars

Barcelona is without a doupt a special city and offers and endless amount of things to do. It has the sea and mountains, as well as cosmopolitan and residential streets. You can watch films here in both Spanish and in English at cinemas like the ones in this article. It's no wonder that many directors of cinema have opted to shoot their movies in Barcelona. The actors are obviously delighted to be able to work in Barcelona (remember that none other than Hugh Jackman himself spent his summer vacation here and took a dip at the beach of Barceloneta).

Let's take a look at some of the most famous films that used Barcelona as a backdrop for their plots.

All About my Mother

The film is a result of the world famous director Pedro Almodóvar, and was the winner of the Oscar for best movie as well as 50 awards from other places. Premiering in 1999, it starred a very young Cecilia Roth as well as Penelope Cruz.

Almodóvar always opted to film his movies in Madrid, but decided for this one to use the unique world of Barcelona, a decision that catapulted the city into the international spotlight. Some of the monuments that can be recognised throughout the film include the Columbus Monument, Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Música, and the Tivoli Theatre.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Another internationally famous director, this time by Woody Allen, who decided that each year he would shoot his movies in a different city. In 2007 he opted for Barcelona.

The film offers a wide range of images of the beautiful city during a rollercoaster of emotions that accompany the trio: Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Scarlett Johanssonthrough the best locations in Barcelona. The backdrops are ever-present throughout and play into an integral part of the movie. Among which you can find Parque Guell, La Pedrera, and Tibidabo.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

This film is based on the german bestseller by Patrick Süskind it was shot in 2006 by the director Tom Tykwer and you will not recognise Barcelona for an instant! This reason being as though it was shot here, it was transformed to resemble Paris during the 18th Century.

It's one of the biggest budget German films ever created, and the art direction is simply flawless. Converting places in Barcelona like Plaza Real, Barcelona Cathedral, Parc Laberint d'Horta, and Calle Ferrán into Parisian landscapes. Other Catalan locations to appear in the film in Girona, Figueres, Besalú, Cantallops, Tamarit and Tortosa.

Have you seen these movies? If not, you can now enjoy the city in a way you've never seen them before! Coming soon to OK Community Barcelona; more articles about blockbusters and recent films, so watch this space!

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Martin Schmidt Martin Schmidt
Your local German expert on Barcelona! I love to travel and Barcelona forms part of one of my passions, which is sharing my knowledge and experience on my blog. Nerd and series addict (^‿‿^)

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