Lake Baikal, Russia, the world’s deepest lake
Beddgelert seems nice. I’ve seen the Mostar Bridge before somewhere, maybe in a travel brochure, but I’ve never been to Bosnia.
Crater Lake in Oregon (which I would like to see someday) is the deepest in the United States at 1,949 feet (594 m).
Crater Lake and Wizard Island
Quite a striking image. And it doesn’t look very big- unlike Baikal. Oregon’s not an area that seems to get much attention, but it was home for young Opal Whiteley!
How about pointing out the cinematic references for these photos?
How about pointing out the cinematic relevance of these photos? Otherwise, this is just another nice picture postcard gallery.
Ok, i’ll start with a few. Beddgelert (this page) and Llyn Gwynant (page 1) area was the location for In of the Sixth Happiness, set in China! Also back on page 1, the estuary of the river Minho at Caminha, looking across to Spain, is the opening location in Manoel de Oliveira’s Journey to the Beginning of the World with Marcello Mastroianni; he attended college facing Caminha in Galicia
still page 1: Kim’s pics of the Sphinx and also of Athens are locations in another Oliveira film, Um Filme Falado with Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich. Istanbul is location on films like From Russia with Love, Topkapi and Uzak.. Meteora was location for another Bond film For Your Eyes Only, and Venice several films like Summertime, Don’t Look Now, The Spy who Loved me, Death in Venice, Wings of a Dove…
Page 2 some photos have references by Kim and me and others over film locations- eg Portmeirion location for cult 60s TV series The Prisoner, Svanetia, Salzburg. Dharamsala is shown briefly (though i didn’t recognise it) in Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, and i think also in Herzog’s recent film on Buddhism, Wheel of Time
page 3: Ryoanji is in Ozu’s masterpiece Late Spring…., Sanjusangendo in Duel at Ichijoji Temple
Anyway, not every thread has to be directly film-related. A lot of film sites have space and sections for other interests, and i don’t see why auteurs shouldn’t have an expansive side. Everywhere is a potential film location. And everything is interlinked. Life and its influences are multi-faceted.
You can always add some more with film links too! And no doubt being a professor and ph d you’ll be able to inform us of other films linked with the images so far
Oh, Angkor Wat in In the Mood for Love. Niagara in the Monroe film, the Douro Valley in the great Abraham Valley by Oliveira. Todaiji temple in Orochi/The Serpent, silent film…Himeji in another Bond film You Only Live Twice, Ran, Kagemusha by Kurosawa, Grand Canyon in Thelma and Louise, Highgate Cemetery in Taste the Blood of Dracula and other horrors, Easter Island in the superlative female director Chantal Brejchova’s Moai (see the thread on her if she’s new to you)
There’s an annoying 30 minute edit limit here. Motorcycle Diaries at Machu Picchu, Florence in Room with a View
I may not have mentioned that Château de Raray is the film location for Belle et la Bête, the one directed by Jean Cocteau.
MANY thanks to Kenji and Kim Packard for annotating several of the beautiful pictures. I was only able to identify a handful of the photos (Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon, Venice, Istanbul, etc.) as scenery from famous (and not so famous) flicks.
The only information I can add is that I THINK that Crater Lake was featured in both 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and KOYANISQATTSI; Rio (including the statue of Jesus on Sugarloaf Mountain) was seen in BLACK ORPHEUS, IT HAPPENED IN RIO, and PIXOTE; Versailles was used in Rossellini’s THE RISE TO POWER OF LOUIS XIV and Sophia Coppola’s MARIE ANTOINETTE; and Hong Kong harbor is the backdrop for many movies, including OLIVER’S STORY and LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING.
Now, with CGI (computer-generated imagery) special effects, today’s filmmakers can fake these locations (or even redo them). Special effects were always available, but the degree with which they can be composited has changed radically in recent years.
That’s good to know about the Crater Lake being featured in 2001 and Kyanisquattsi… I had no idea but am drawn to the Crater Lake for some time now and would not have been surprised had it been chosen as a film location by Luc Bresson for his Grand Bleu.
Howard Castle (Brideshead Revisited)
Very smart pic that is, Kim. Yeah i feel strangely drawn to Crater lake too, maybe something to do with aliens as in Close Encounters. I didn’’t know of its film connections either, though i’ve seen those films
Witley Court, Worcestershire, England. We went there 2 weeks ago, the buildings you see are an empty shell (apart from the small church with golden baroque interior), it was fantastic, beautiful lake too on the far side, the dogs loved the walk and i was thinking at the time it would make a great film location
Bumping this thread. Very inspiring images. Heaven is here on earth.
One of my favorite building’s, the H.H. Richardson Complex or originally: the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane ;)
Here’s another by Richardson, Allegheny County Courthouse
He’s probably looked down upon here b/c he’s become so popular but I absolutely adore Frank Gehry and ever since I saw his work exhibited at the Guggenheim in New York, I’ve wanted to visit Bilboa. I would travel all the way to Spain specifically to visit the Guggenheim. Fascinating guy.
Fredo: The only work of his I know of is the Guggeheim and another building somewhere in the state, both through pictures naturally. What other great buildings has he designed?
Stone Forest (Kunming, Yunnan, China)It was raining the way I went…
Three Pagodas (Dali, Yunnan, China)On this day too…
Songzanlin Lamasery (Shangri-la, Yunnan, China)
and…Sunny on this day though!
That 18-Bend Road Place… (Of Which I Do Not Know the Proper Name) (Somewhere near Lijiang, Yunnan, China)
Yunnan is one of the most gorgeous provinces in China, and my favourite so far. If you keep on going toward the border, you reach Tibet!
… I swear I’m not affiliated with the National Tourism Administration of the PRC. :)
Very pretty pics, Myra
Kowloon Walled City
Somewhat surprised this hasn’t been mentioned before although it does not exist anymore. Torn down in 1993 but still holds relevance today. The main basis for William Gibson’s Bridge Trilogy which was itself a fallback from a proposed film between himself and Sogo Ishii influenced by the Walled City.
Featured in or influenced: Bloodsport, Re-Cycle, Ghost In The Shell, Batman Begins, etc…
the ruins of Tikal, Guatemala
(a location in Star Wars):
I’m from Dorset, England, and I know the following places very well.
Corfe Castle, Dorset
Durdle Door, Dorset
Chesil Beach, Dorset
Cerne Abbas, Dorset
Dorset is probably my favourite county in England- and yes, some grand spots. We stayed at Lulworth Cove where the beach looks like Durdle Door, and my dog Bryn and i walked on the Cobb at Lyme Regis, a la French Lieutenant’s Woman
A great site for finding mysterious little places of intrigue (as well as other unbelievable things in this world) is atlasobscura.com
One just off the front page today:
The hills in Bohol, The Phillipines, apparently known as the “chocolate hills.”
Cuzco , Peru
Peru, Lima, Centro de Lima (20 minutes on car from my place)
Peru, Lima, Costa Verde (actually you can see my apt there)
This is truly a beautiful country :).
Andhra Pradesh, India
Andhra Pradesh is the state with the most cinema halls in India, at around 3300. The state also produces about 200 movies a year. It has around 40% (330 out of 930) of the Dolby digital theatres in India. Now it also houses an IMAX theater which is the biggest 3D IMAX screen in the world ( Prasads IMAX ). Tollywood produces the largest number of movies in India per year.
The river Vltava and Prague
ooh to be there on a sunny Spring or Summer’s day!
Waipio Valley, Big Island, Hawaii
the only road into the valley is steep. so steep in places you must sit on your backside and let gravity carry you to the valley floor