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movies shot on location in europe

i just watched casanova it has amazing venice footage, i don't know if it was shot on location but if you want to whet the appetite of teenagers (or anyone else)for visiting that one will do. any suggestions for ireland ("0nce" made dublin look dreadful),scotland, germany (brother's grim is fun, or france (marie antoinette was ok for versailles?) maybe a little more contemporary shots? i know rick has some listed in his books but they are not necessarily visual feasts that resonate!

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Thanks for all the great film ideas, my queu is now full of inspiring films.... how about this one! does anyone have a great quirky place to stay in the inverness area?

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I'm a sucker for movies filmed on location in Europe. My favorites include: Talented Mr Ripley, Day of the Jackal, Local Hero, Great Escape, all the "Bourne" movies, most any Bond film, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (goofy movie-but great shots of the French Riviera).

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My favorite Irish film is "Waking Ned Devine" - a great little comedy and gorgeous scenery. "Becoming Jane" takes place in England, but was shot entirely in Ireland. Braveheart is a pretty obvious choice for Scotland, although much of it was also shot in Ireland. "Ever After" with Drew Barrymore has great shots of the Dordogne in France, and "A Good Year" has some great shots of Provence. I think "Before Sunset" is one of the best films I've seen that really shows Paris. "Amelie" is wonderful for Paris as well - one of my favorites! (Only if you like romantic comedies!)

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A Month by the Lake filmed on Lake Como has fabulous shots of the area. I'm looking forward to seeing In Brugges .

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London Walks now offers a walking tour of Harry Potter filming locations. I haven't taken it but would be a good one for the kids--of all ages.

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Sissy:

For Ireland be sure to watch "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara - filmed on location in Ireland in glorious Technicolor - many of the locations are still as they were in this wonderful film. Have fun.

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The new movie "In Bruges" looks good, though I have not seen it yet. As mentioned, the "Bourne" movies are excellent. Hmmmm, how about the late 70s "classic" "French Postcards?"

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"The Matchmaker" was filmed in Roundstone, Co. Galway. "Dancing at Lughnasa" has wonderful shots of Donegal. "Waking Ned Devine", one of my favorite movies, was actually filmed on the Isle of Man, but the scenery is very similar to western Ireland.

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I can't believe nobody has mentioned Amadeus! Some people love that movie and some people hate it. I neither loved it nor hated it. But there's a lot of Vienna and Prague in Amadeus.

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"Hopscotch" Excellent movie flimed all over Europe as well as the U.S.

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"Paris Jet'aime" is great for the not usually seen spots of Paris. It's a movie about love stories in Paris, but the city shots are awesome. Not all of the Eiffel Tower or the Champ de Elyesses.

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At least half the Bond films have good scenery, Venice in particular. Also, "Life is Beautiful" has some good shots of the Italian countryside.

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Speaking of Bond films, a large section of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" was filmed on the slopes of the Schilthorn and in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Murren and Piz Gloria feature very prominently. The last scene in "Casino Royale" comes from Lake Como.

Amadeus was actually filmed mostly in Prague.

For a working class view of Dublin, try "The Commitments", "The Snapper" and "The Bus".

"Der Untergang", although set in Berlin, was filmed in St. Petersburg for outdoor scenes.

Nobody mentioned "The Sound of Music" for Salzburg?

Berlin- "Run, Lola, Run".

Edinburgh, Scotland and London- "Trainspotting"

For an everyday look at France, try the Tricolour Trilogy" of "Blue", "White" and "Red".

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The monastery where they shot "The Name of the Rose" (by Umberto Eco) starring Sean Connery, Chris Slater and many more is located just about half an hour from Frankfurt in the Rhinegau (www.rheingau.de) and is called Kloster Eberbach (www.klostereberbach.de). They also make their own wine and offer free wine sampling (go early in the day, the guy who explains the wines to you drinks a shot every time you drink one) ;-) and of course you can visit some of the old halls and rooms.

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I saw the new movie "Vantage Point" yesterday, it was filmed in Salamanca Spain, But I don't recommend it, I didn't think it was very good. En Brugges was good and did a good job of using the city as a backdrop to the movie. Especailly the tower, for those that have been there it is a nice reminder.

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Vantage point is suppose to take place in Spain but it is actually filmed mostly in Mexico City.

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The Internet Movie Database has a way of searching for locations. You go to http://www.imdb.com/ and do any kind of search. I put in Edinburgh for the "All" search. When you get the results, scroll down to the way bottom of the page you click the little "more." The next page has a list of search options that includes filming location. Click on that and now I've got a list of 164 titles with Edinburgh included in the filming location to browse.

hmm, now I want to add some of these to my Netflix queue! I've got to check if you can search by location in that system, too. Well, I am not seeing a location search possibility, but I've got some titles from the IMDB search now in my queue :-)

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I also saw "Vantage Point" yesterday, and quite enjoyed it. It probably won't win any Academy Awards, but the action and pace of the movie was great.

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Watched "The Day of the Jackal" twice this weekend. It was a very good movie and my two teenagers, who roled their eyes when they saw how old it was, ended up liking it very much!

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Hi Sissy,
It appears you will have to ask a separate GENERAL EUROPE question to learn of a great, quirky lodging in the Inverness area.
Unfortunately, I've never been to Scotland, so I can't be of much help with Inverness.
But back to your movie topic ... years ago, the movie "The Third Man" got an academy award or two... and I've noticed there are tours built around that movie in Vienna now. Who wouldn't want to go down in those Viennese sewers, anyway? You can see the movie on tape or DVD- and that would be a good idea if you plan to take the Vienna movie tour.
Happy touring ... P

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We were in Cortona when they were filming "Under the Tuscan Sun." The movie isn't really that great but I watch it over and over because it brings back good memories of being in Cortona, Montepulciano, and Positano.

A friend recently watched it and called me and said now he knows why I keep going back to Italy, I'm looking for Marcello! If you see the movie you will understand what he is talking about.

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One that most people won't think of - b/c it wasn't that popular LOL - is "Last Holiday" w/Queen Latifah. It's a classic feel good/escape movie which I enjoy watching. It has awesome pics of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, as well as the Tirolean Alps in Austria (although in the movie, it's supposed to be all Karlovy Vary).

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If you have access to Showtime, the new series "The Tudors" is shot largely in Ireland (though it's supposed to be passing for England in the time of Henry VIII). Of course, since it is about Henry VIII, there's a fair amount of screwing around in it - some people don't want their teenagers watching that sort of stuff, so you be the judge.

"The Secret of Roan Inish" is another film shot on location in Ireland - totally a family movie. "The Matchmaker" with Janeane Garafolo, David O'Hara & Dennis Leahry is also another good family movie (girls may like it more - it's a little bit like an Irish chick-flick). "Two Days In Paris" w/ Julie Delpy (new on DVD) for France.

Travel series DVDs from your local library are also a good way to see contemporary shots. Try Globe Trekker series (geared towards young adult travelers).

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"A Little Romance" with a 12-year old Diane Lane and Laurence Olivier is also really good for France and Italy (especially Paris and Venice). It's nearly a 30-year old movie, but the scenery is great and the story line is very sweet.

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I just have to give credit where due to 'Waking Ned Divine'. I know it was mentioned already, but it is a wonderful film with such heart - and beautiful scenery of small-town Ireland.

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"French Kiss" & "To Catch A Thief" for French Riveria shots.

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'In Bruges': Haven't seen the movie yet but apparently one of the exchanges in the film is, "If I'd grown up on a farm and was retarded, Bruges might impress me; but I didn't, so it doesn't". Questionably humorous excerpt in our local 'rag' aside, the town gets a good review if you Google 'vancouver sun' (8Mar), click on 'travel', and see the entire article with a bit about the movie and a lot about the town. One of my favourites in Europe BTW.

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PS I love You is partially filmed in Ireland. The countryside is beautiful.

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I'm not sure it's quirky, but I love it. So try the Inverleith Hotel. It's near the Botanical Gardens. As for movies, what about Rob Roy and Braveheart?

Pam

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Ireland:The Quiet Man already mentioned but a classic/Ryan's Daughter/Secret of Ronan Innish/The Field/Michael Collins/War of the Buttons. England:Millions/ Shadowlands/ Nottinghill/Inspector Morse TV series/MidsommerMurders TV Series (available via Netflix) Scotland: Local Hero/Comfort and Joy/Chariots of Fire. Venice/Hannibal Paris/Charade (how can anything with Cary Grant not be good)/Rome: oldie but a goodie POV/Roman Holiday.

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Just saw Palm D'Or Winner "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" with Cillian Murphy & Padraic Delaney out on DVD. Excellent movie, great scenery of Ireland (especially southwest Ireland where it was filmed) and you learn about the Irish struggle with the British and the early days of the IRA. "Atonement" was great for shots of England.

For comedy, try "Father Ted" (Western Ireland) or "Little Britain" (England, Scotland, Wales).

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If we are not talking quality of the movie and just scenic footage- Euro Trip, Just Married (with Ashton Kutcher), the Italian Job (Mark Wahlberg), hmmm... that Hillary Duff movie...Lizzie McGuire, Robin Hood (Kevin Costner).etc. It sure woud be nice if there was a website with just movie travel sites. Of course some movie sites also have info regarding film locations but I mean a site where it lists country by country the movies and the cities they were filmed in or depicted.

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The BBC TV series "Monarch of the Glen" has breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Very good story also. I watched the entire six seasons after a trip to Scotland - availabile on Netflix.

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And, of course, the Da Vinci Code -- it makes me want to go back to the Louvre just thinking about it.

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Although not a "movie", the BBC series entitled "Classical Destinations", is a wonderful series that is part travelogue, part historical documentary about the composers who are intertwined with the locations in which they lived or by which they were inspired. It aired in 2007 and has high production values, with sharp writing, rich cinematography, and heavenly music of course. There are something like 13, 24 minute episodes on places like Prague, Norway, Finland, St. Petersburg, Bonn, Berlin, Eisenach, Vienna, Salzburg, Venice, Tuscany, etc. I highly recommend it. It is availble for purchase at Amazon.

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Troy, thank you so much for the suggestion. If your talking about classical composers, I will love that since I'm a professional classical musician. I'll look into this for sure.
I recently bought a movie that it was a waste of money it was so bad. "Two For The Road." 1968. I wanted to see it because it was filmed in the south of France. I'm sure there are better movies that were filmed there.

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Lisa : The Movie "Two For the Road" has good music. The music : "French Provincial" on the sound track of that movie, is on the audio Compact Disc "HENRY MANCINI : THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, Disc 3".

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Movies filmed at Europe ...ITALY : "Il Postino" (The Postman). This is NOT the movie "The Postman" that Kevin Costner was in. Il Postino was filmed on a small island of southern Italy. (1995). Italian language, English subtitles. It is on DVD. Actors : Massimo Troisi, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Phillippe Noiret. Directed by Michael Radford. Producer : Mario Cecchi Gori, ...I like this movie. It has a slow steady pace. No loud noise. I do not remember any music in it. GREECE : "HIGH SEASON". (1988) Filmed on the Greek island Rhodes at Lindos. Actors : Jacqueline Bisset, James Fox, Irene Papas. A Hemdale Film corporation presents a British Screen Film. Rated "R". It is on Video Tape cassette only, from Hemdale Releasing Corporation. (Not a DVD).

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SCOTLAND : "KIDNAPPED". based on the book written by Robert Louis Stevenson. A Walt Disney production (1961). Includes views of rocky ocean coast of Scotland. I think it was filmed at Scotland, but I am not certain about that. It is a good adventure movie. The NETHERLANDS : "Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates". Views of young adults ice skating on a frozen canal in Holland. Set in the 1800s. A Walt Disney production. (1961). This was a popular movie when it was in the theatres.
SCOTLAND : "RING OF BRIGHT WATER". (1969). The star in this movie is a river otter. The human actors are Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna (they were in the movie "Born Free" made in 1963). Filmed at the ocean coast of Scotland. Scenes at the beginning of the movie are at a street in London. It has a charming scene in which the otter and an English Springer Spaniel dog are playing. A Palomar Pictures International presentation. Video Tape cassette distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, Troy Michigan.

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DENMARK : "ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS". Danish language, English subtitles. The setting is a city in Denmark. Most of the Actors are Danish people. Danish people attend classes for learning the Italian language. Two of the people in the movie are Italian. A new Lutheran minister (pastor) develops a rapport with his small congregation. This movie was not intended to be glamorous. It is a realistic slice of life of lower middle class people in Denmark. When the Italian language course ends, all the students go to Venice in Italy. I think this movie is rated "GP" but it has a quick coitus scene. No beautiful scenes in this movie. Some scenes are at night : inside and outside. A variety of personalities, this movie is compelling to watch. This movie was released by Miramax films. Written and directed by Lone Scherfiq. This movie is on DVD.

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I've always loved "If it's tuesday, It must be Belgium" Done back in the late 60's/early 70's it shows lots of famous locations and histerical charactures of groups tour participants.

I also love "French Kiss" which was shot mainly in Cannes France.