Location for a classic movie

WHS that have been used as a location for films of high public and/or critical acclaim. James Bond, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Alfred Hitchcock and the Marvel Studios have their own connections and are not repeated here.

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Alcala de Henares Spartacus (1960, Best Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes)
Amphitheater of El Jem Life of Brian (1979)
Ancient Kyoto Rashomon (1950, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951)
Ancient Nara Rashomon (1950, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951)
Ancient Thebes The Ten Commandments (1956, preserved in the United States National Film Registry)
Ancient ksours Timbuktu (2014, winner of AMAA 2015 Prize for Best Film), filmed in Oualata
Angkor Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2001), Lord Jim (1965)
Auschwitz Birkenau Schindler's List (1993, won Best Picture at Academy Awards, Best Movie at BAFTA, Best Motion Picture Golden Globes)
Babylon Intolerance (1916, preserved at the United States National Film Registry)
Bam Cultural Landscape The Desert of the Tartars (1976, it won the Italian film prize David di Donatello and was one of the selected Classics at the Cannes film festival)
Belfries Welcome to the Sticks (Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis, 2008) : one of the most famous scenes sees the hero playing "I Just Called to Say I Love You" on the carillon atop the Bergues belfry.
Brasilia That Man from Rio (with JP Belmondo) (1964), where Brasilia during its construction can be seen.
Brugge In Bruges (2008)
Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks Dr Zhivago (1965, Best Motion Picture at Golden Globe Awards)
Cartagena The Mission (1986, won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or)
Central Sikhote-Alin Dersu Uzala (1975, winner of the critics' prize at Moscow International Film Festival)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Slumdog Millionaire (2008, Best Picture at Academy Awards and Golden Globes, Best Film at BAFTA)
Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay Cyrano de Bergerac (1990, best Film at César awards, Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and held Oscar & BAFTA nominations)
Cracow Schindler's List (1993, won Best Picture at Academy Awards, Best Movie at BAFTA, Best Motion Picture Golden Globes)
Dong Phayayen Khao Yai's waterfalls Heo Narok and Haeo Suwat featured in The Beach (2000).
Durham Castle and Cathedral Durham Cathedral (Hogwarts - "views of the exterior of the entire school were created from shots of Durham Cathedral with a digital spire added to the towers. Durham Cathedral also served as a set for Hogwarts interiors." in the Harry Potter movies )
Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Various, including Guggenheim museum in Manhattan (1979, preserved in the National Film Registry.)
Fujisan Throne of Blood (1957)
Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz Amadeus (1984, Best Picture at Academy Awards)
Glacier parks The Shining (1980, preserved in the United States National Film Registry)
Grand Canyon Into the Wild (2007)
Great Smoky Mountains Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
Göreme NP Winter Sleep (2014, won the Palme d'Or and the FIPRESCI Prize in Cannes)
Hallstatt-Dachstein The Sound of Music (1965, Best picture at Academy Awards and preserved in the US National Film Registry)
Hatra Director William Friedkin filmed in Hatra for the first scene in The Exorcist (1973, Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes), in which a priest at an archaeology dig unearths an ancient talisman belonging to Pazuzu, an ancient Mesopotamian demon.
Himeji-jo Shogun (European theatrical film remake of the miniseries, 1980), Ran (1985, "Despite its limited commercial success at the time of its release, the film's accolades have improved greatly, and it is now regarded as one of Kurosawa's masterpieces.")
Huangshan Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000, won best foreign language film awards at BAFTA, Academy Awards and Golden Globes)
Iguacu The Mission (1986, won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or)
Iguazu National Park The Mission (1986, won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or)
Imperial Palace The Last Emperor (1987, Best Picture at Academy Awards, Best film at BAFTA, Best foreign film at César Awards)
Independence Hall Rocky II (1979)
Isole Eolie Il Postino (1994, won BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language)
Istanbul Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque in Argo (2012, Best Picture at Academy Awards, Best film at BAFTA, Best foreign film at César awards)
Kandy The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, Best Picture at Academy Awards, Best Film at BAFTA, preserved in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress)
Kasbah of Algiers La Battaglia di Algeri (Dir - G Pontecorvo, 1966, B+W). Won Venice "Leone d'Oro" and "occupies the 120th place on Empire Magazine's list of the 500 greatest movies of all time" (Wiki). Shot on location in the Algiers Kasbah, it tells the story of the organisation of the FLN guerilla movement there between 1954-57 during the Algerian war against France. Once banned in France and elsewhere it has been accused of inspiring political violence and spreading guerilla tactics around the World.
Kilimanjaro National Park The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou Lawrence of Arabia (1962, Best Picture at Academy Awards, preserved in the US National Film Registry; in 1999, the British Film Institute named the film the third-greatest British film of all time), Gladiator (2000, Best Picture at Academy Awards, Best Film at BAFTA)
Le Havre Le Havre (2011, prize of the critics at Cannes Film Festival)
Lübeck The Salzspeicher in Nosferatu (1922, "One of the silent era's most influential masterpieces")
Machu Picchu "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" . Herzog/Kinski 1972. On the steps of Huayna Picchu
Maloti Drakensberg In 1964, film director Cy Endfield shot the exterior locations in the mountainous Drakensberg National Park for the epic war film Zulu starring Michael Caine and Stanley Baker (wiki)
Margravial Opera House Scenes for Farinelli (1994, won Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film), about the life and career of the 18th-century Italian opera singer Carlo Broschi, were filmed here
Maritime Greenwich Sense and Sensibility (1995, Best film at BAFTA, Golden Bear at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival)
Medina of Essaouira Othello directed by (and starring) Orson Welles (1951, winner at Cannes Film Festival). A bust of Welles is situated just outside the Medina.
Mexico City and Xochimilco Los Olvidados (1950), by Luis Buñuel, ranked as the second-best Mexican movie in history, published in 1994; and that (after public scorn in Mexico for its content and subject matter) won the Palme d'Or for best direction at Cannes. The film's negatives were added to the "Memory of the World" list by UNESCO. Example: • The exact filming locations are pretty unclear to me. Many scenes are shot in slums outside the city center, and in areas that there were just starting to be urbanized. However, some scenes do clearly happen in the historic center, and at the very start, the image of the Zocalo (after those of Paris, London and New York) is shown.
Mycenae and Tiryns Mycenae: Ilektra (Elektra) - 1962 B+W, Dir - Kakogiannis, Nominated for Oscar and Cannes Palm d'Or
Namib Sand Sea 2001: A Space Odyssey - "a 1968 epic science-fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick" (according to nom file) (preserved in the US National Film Registry)
Old Havana Our Man in Havana (1959)
Paris, Banks of the Seine La Traversée de Paris (Claude Autant-Lara 1956), Á bout de souffle (Jean-Luc Godard 1960), Paris brûle-t-il? (René Clément 1966) and others
Prague Amadeus (1984, Best Picture at Academy Awards)
Pyramids (Memphis) Les pyramides (vue générale) (1897, Lumière production)
Qinghai Hoh Xil Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (2004, Best film at Golden Horse Film Festival)
Red Fort Gandhi (1982, Best picture at Academy Awards, best film at BAFTA)
Redwood Scenes for The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) as well as the movie Outbreak (1995) were filmed at the nearby Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. (wiki)
Rio de Janeiro Christ the Redeemer: As early as the 1940s, Hollywood captured the structure's iconic appeal in such cinematic vehicles as the 1942 Bette Davis film Now, Voyager and Alfred Hitchcock's 1946 film Notorious starring Ingrid Bergman. (wiki) + That Man from Rio (French adventure film 1964)
Rjukan / Notodden The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Robben Island Invictus (2009)
Rome Roman Holiday (1953, preserved in the United States National Film Registry)
Salzburg The Sound of Music (1965, Best picture at Academy Awards and preserved in the US National Film Registry)
San Antonio Missions The Alamo (1960): an American historical epic film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced and directed by John Wayne and starring Wayne as Davy Crockett
San Gimignano Tea with Mussolini (1999); Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991) with Helena Bonham Carter, directed by Merchant Ivory.
Schönbrunn Sissi (1955)
St. Petersburg Oktyabr (Ten Days That Shook the World) (Eisenstein 1928)
Statue of Liberty On the Town (1949, preserved in the United States National Film Registry)
Stralsund and Wismar the 1922 version of Nosfaratu ("One of the silent era's most influential masterpieces") is set and filmed in Wismar
Summer Palace The Last Emperor (1987, Best Picture at Academy Awards, Best film at BAFTA, Best foreign film at César Awards)
Taj Mahal Slumdog Millionaire (2008, Best Picture at Academy Awards and Golden Globes, Best Film at BAFTA), Shiraz (silent film from 1928)
Te Wahipounamu Lord of the Rings (2001, Best motion picture at Academy Awards for The Return of the King), Oldboy (2003)
Teide National Park This dramatic scenery has been featured in films such as One Million Years B.C. (1966), Clash of the Titans (2010),[22] and Wrath of the Titans (2012).
Tongariro National Park The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2003)
Valletta Fort St Elmo - Midnight Express (1978, Best motion picture at the Golden Globes)
Vatnajökull National Park Interstellar, a 2014 American science fiction film
Venice and its Lagoon Venice is the location of "Summertime" (1955) with Katherine Hepburn, directed by David Lean
Versailles Various, such as A Little Romance (1978) and Dangerous Liaisons (1988, best foreign film at the César awards)
Vienna The Third Man (1949, in 1999 the British Film Institute voted The Third Man the greatest British film of all time), Amadeus (1984, Best Picture at Academy Awards)
Villa d'Este Three Coins in the Fountain, a 1954 American romantic comedy film (won 2 Oscars in 1955)
Wadi Rum Lawrence of Arabia -much of the movie directed by David Lean (1962, Best Picture at Academy Awards, preserved in the US National Film Registry; in 1999, the British Film Institute named the film the third-greatest British film of all time)
Wudang Mountains The Assassin (2015, released on DVD without cinematic release)
Wulingyuan Wulingyuan (known as Zhangjiajie in Wiki), many scenic areas have been used as Pandora planet's Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar (2009)
Xidi and Hongcun Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, won best foreign language film awards at BAFTA, Academy Awards and Golden Globes)
Yakushima Princess Mononoke, a 1997 anime epic historical fantasy adventure film ("a landmark in the world of animation")

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