Sunday, May 22, 2016

Deception (2008)

dir. Marcel Langenegger

The film is set for the most part in New York City. The last portion of the movie is set in Madrid. This only covers the Madrid locations.

The hotel where Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman) and "S" (Michelle Williams) are staying in Madrid - The Westin Palace, Plaza de las Cortes 7, Madrid, Spain. Opened in 1912, this iconic luxury hotel is located in the "Triangle of Art", within walking distance of the city's most prestigious museums: Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia Museums. The White House scenes in John Milius’ 1975 The Wind and the Lion were also filmed there.

The bank where Bose and Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) receive the money - Instituto Cervantes, Calle Alcalá 49, Madrid, Spain. It’s actually not a bank but a non-profit organization dedicated to the Spanish language and culture studies.

Bose and McQuarry have a confrontation in the park - Paseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

Jonathan trying to catch up with "S" - Plaza del Rey, Madrid, Spain. “S” then gets into a cab at Calle del Barquillo.

Jonathan keeps looking for "S" - Calle de Toledo, Madrid, Spain.

Jonathan finally meets with "S" - Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain. It's a major tourist attraction, and the place for celebrations for San Isidro, patron saint of Madrid. Pedro Almodovar also filmed the final scene of The Flower of My Secret there.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Matador (1986)

dir. Pedro Almodovar

Maria Cardenal (Assumpta Serna) picks up a stranger - Plaza de la Paja, Madrid, Spain. Tucked away in the historic part of the city, known as the Madrid de los Austrias, the square is an unexpected quiet haven among the hustle and bustle of the capital. The place got its name (meaning "Straw Square") because it once served as a tithing site for the church - peasants went there to offer a fraction of their harvest to feed the bishop's mules. Of the palaces that surrounded the square in medieval times, only the Palacio Vargas (seen in the background) remains there today. In another Almodovar film, The Flower of My Secret (1995), Marisa Paredes' character lives at the plaza.

Angel's (Antonio Banderas) apartment - Calle Pavia 4, Madrid, Spain

Angel tries to rape Eva (Eva Cobo) - Still searching for this location

Retired matador Diego Montes (Nacho Martínez) drives Eva home - Calle Pavia at Plaza de Oriente, Madrid, Spain

Maria pulls up her car at the curb and gets out - Calle Marqués de Urquijo, Madrid, Spain

Maria goes to a movie theater - Calle Marqués de Urquijo 23, Madrid, Spain. The theater, called El Cine Urquijo, was damaged in a fire in 1989. The building has been turned into a hotel.

Diego's mansion - Still searching for this location

Diego sees Maria standing on a viaduct - Segovia Viaduct, Calle Bailen at Calle Segovia, Madrid, Spain. The bridge used to be a popular place for suicides up until the late 1990s. Now the railing is protected by thick acrylic glass screens to keep people from jumping off (it may be helping to prevent suicides but it also makes it hard to take a good picture.) Almodovar revisited this location twice. In Los abrazos rotos / Broken Embraces (2009), Lluis Homar's character lives on Calle Segovia just below the viaduct, and in Los amantes pasajeros / I'm So Excited! (2013), the character played by Paz Vega attempts to commit suicide here.

The prison psychiatric hospital where Angel is kept - Still searching for this location

Diego buying flowers form a street vendor - Puerta de Doce de Octubre, Avenida Menéndez Pelayo, Madrid, Spain

Guided by Angel, the police follow Diego and Maria’s car - Plaza Mariano de Cavia, Madrid, Spain

The police follow Diego and Maria's car outside of Chinchon - Alcoholera de Chinchon, Carretera M-311 at M-313, Morata de Tajuña, Madrid, Spain

Maria’s country house where she brings Diego - Still searching for this location. The film implies it’s in the vicinity of Chinchon.