If there’s one thing that immediately makes me want to travel, it’s seeing a movie that takes place in an interesting place. I’ve already shown here on the blog the script for Rome based on a movie by the little doll Audrey Hepburn and the script for Chicago for those who want to enjoy life wildly, but the cinema has so many other beautiful and fun scenes!
Plaza de España in Seville, for example, served as the location for the planet Naboo in Star Wars Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones (see scene here).
One of the best sites I know to look up the addresses that appear in movies is Movie Locations, but the most commercial titles are also on Movie Map. I recently discovered a Brazilian blog called Viagem de Cinema, which already has a large collection – including movies national, European, older classics and the latest Hollywood successes.
There are films that inspire travel when they tell a little bit of the history of the place, like the film Marie Antoinette about the Palace of Versailles, in France (trailler here)…
Others portray the daily life of a city, such as the very famous A Place Called Notting Hill (see the trailer, the script and the post that has already been published here about this beautiful neighborhood of London)…
But there are also those who use space just to bring a beautiful fantasy story to life. Who knew I would discover the location of the Fantastic Chocolate Factory? The original version of this musical (1971) marked my childhood. The scene where Willy Wonka appears to the public for the first time (see here) was filmed in Munich, Germany.
There are still those that show such exotic places that we don’t even think it would be a possible trip! I confess that when I watched Tomb Raider, 12 years ago, I never imagined that I would walk through the same temples as Lara Croft (trailler here). I didn’t even know those places were in Cambodia…
But, as you know, we came across these incredible sights at Angkor Wat. Certainly one of the highlights of the trip through Southeast Asia!
And how can you walk around Montmartre, in Paris, without thinking about the Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain? This is one of my favorite movies! I’ve already dreamed of visiting some of her locations, such as the Café des 2 Moulins, where the character works, and the Maison Collignon grocery store, where Amélie buys fruit and vegetables.
The owner of the store is already used to tourists and enjoys the movement – he even collects postcards sent by fans of the biggest hit of French cinema (trailler here).
Other films that take place in the city of Paris are at Parcours Cinéma, which has scripts in PDF to download and let yourself be guided by beautiful stories such as Hugo Cabret’s invention, Little Nicholas… and Ratatouille, why not?
And now there’s the recently launched application Cinemacity, which proposes tours of Paris based on scenes immortalized by the seventh art. The cool thing is that the app shows an excerpt of the film that takes place there on the small screen of your smartphone.
It’s like this with me: I travel every time I go to the movies, and I end each movie with another place or two to visit on my next vacation… But I guess I’m not the only one! I know a lot of people who, when they went to London, went in search of “Platform 9 ¾”, at King’s Cross station, where the Hogwarts Express train leaves from, in the Harry Potter movie. Just as I have some friends who dream of redoing Celine and Jesse’s tours of Vienna, in Before Sunrise, and Paris, in Before Sunset.
And you, have you ever traveled to relive your favorite scenes?