Spaghetti Westerns

Squealia

Crediton, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

Tabernas, near Almeria in South East, Spain is a barren mountainous area. What many people don’t know is that 100’s of films have been shot there. The Tabernas Desert is genuine cowboy country–gray, dusty, barren hills that make your mouth dry just to look at them. Remember how hot and dusty Lee van Cleef and Clint Eastwood looked in A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly? Well that’s because those movies were filmed there, along with a hundred others. This was where Sergio Leone shot his Spaghetti Westerns. Most of it is deliciously, authentically false-real, phony buildings that were actually used in films…

But Tabernas might look familiar because of other movies too, not just westerns. Remember the hills of Arabia in Lawrence of Arabia? Those were Tabernas hills, and the strange barren mountains the little troop marches through at the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and the train races through at the end? They wereTabernas mountains too! You might remember backgrounds from Cleopatra, Doctor Zhivago, Patton, The Wind and the Lion, and many others too. They were all shot in Tabernas. I wonder how many of you knew that?!

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