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how similar spain looks to california. that first picture could be 5 minutes from my house in the central valley.
by wu ming on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 at 03:46:07 AM EST
When I was a kid, I remember someone telling me that there were far west movies made in the south of Spain. I don't know if it's true though.
by Xavier in Paris on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 at 04:19:38 AM EST
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Sure, a lot of the Spaghetti Westerns were filmed in Spain.
Spaghetti Western, also known in some countries in mainland Europe as the Italo-Western, is a nickname for a broad sub-genre of Western film that emerged in the mid-1960s, so named because most were produced and directed by Italians, usually in coproduction with a Spanish partner.

The typical team was made up of an Italian director, Spanish technical staff and a cast of Italian and Spanish actors, sometimes a falling Hollywood star and sometimes a rising one like the young Clint Eastwood in many of Sergio Leone's films. The films were primarily shot in the Andalusia region of Spain -- in particular the Tabernas Desert of Almería -- or Sardinia, because they resemble the American Southwest. Because of the desert setting and the readily available southern Spanish extras, a usual theme in Spaghetti Westerns is the Mexican Revolution, Mexican bandits, and the border region shared by Mexico and the U.S..

by Gag Halfrunt on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 at 06:59:57 AM EST
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Sergio Leone, whose films (the Dollars trilogy and Once Upon A Time In The West...) set off the Spaghetti Western wave but represent an entirely different quality than the hundreds of follow-on attempts, was the one who chose Spain. (Later on, he also got to film some takes in Monument Valley.) All the "Mexican" extras were in fact Andalusians.

(BTW, Leone reportedly, his music composer Ennio Morricone definitely disliked the "Spaghetti Western" moniker.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 at 07:17:31 AM EST
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by wu ming on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 at 11:39:17 AM EST
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