101 Locations’ is a guide to where 101 of the most important English language films were made in Spain. The book, written in accessible English, covers all of Spain, but was written in Valencia by Bob Yareham who has taught and written in Valencia since 1981.
Set-jetting (cinema tourism) is already very popular in countries like the USA, the UK and New Zealand (where Lord of the Rings was made), and the book aims to promote and ferment this new kind of tourism, for which Spain has such great potential.
Cinema tourism (set-jetting) is an undeniable fact; you only need to ask the delighted authorities of New Zealand, where they are still reaping the benefits of visitors attracted by the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Spain has it all; the deserts, the beaches, the forests, mountains, lakes and rivers, and of course that old Spanish castle magic.
Hundreds of villages and towns were transformed in the 50s, 60s and 70s when Hollywood arrived and changed their lives. Many of today’s popular tourist resorts owe their initial prosperity to film makers, who hired entire populations, as well as the more than willing, disciplined Spanish army and police force to produce their epics about Romans, medieval knights or American GIs.
In this guide there are 101 films and their locations, (the title is of course a nudge and a wink to the Disney classic about the spotted dogs), and it is hoped that readers will visit these places and share the knowledge that Spain is a lot more than sun, sand and sangria; although that’s all pretty good stuff too.
The book is dedicated to the memory of John Cabrera, who according to Bob Yareham, did more for the Spanish film industry than they will ever realise.
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