Today, Barcelona is at center-stage in the movie market, for both world-renown actors as well as prestigious directors of international prestige. Proof of that is the great many films that have used the city of Barcelona for a set.
The first film to show the city was Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger (1975), starring Jack Nicholson and the wonderful Maria Schneider. The movie catches glimpses of the streetcars of the period, as well as the terrace of la Pedrera, with its chimneys and ‘characteristic’ shapes, quite different from how it is today.
The film that put Barcelona in style was the 7th-art film All About My Mother (1999), directed by Pedro Almodóvar. It marked the first time the director filmed in Barcelona, capturing the city’s natural essence. The film stars Penelope Cruz and Cecilia Roth.
Previously, and far removed from the current cine-mania, Uncovered (1994), from Director Jim McBride, was filmed in Barcelona. A cinematic adaptation of the novel of the same name by Author Arturo Pérez-Reverte, the movie stars Kate Beckinsale, and artfully features the architecture in the Ciudad Condal, particularly, that of Gaudí.
Another recent filming was that of The Machinist (2004), directed by Brad Anderson and with world-renowned film stars including Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and the Spanish Atiana Sánchez Gijón. The film features gorgeous sets from the city of Barcelona, including exterior shots of the Port and the Tibidabo Amusement Park.
In 2005, Fragile, from Spanish Director Jaume Balagueró, presented a horror story filmed in Barcelona and set in the Mercy Falls Children’s Hospital. The film features popular TV star Calista Flockhart and other famous actors, among them, Richard Roxburgh and Elena Anaya.
But Barcelona had to wait until just last year to serve as the set for a major, big-budget Hollywood motion picture– Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), a cinematic adaptation of the best-seller of the same name by German author Patrick Süskind. Directed by Tom Tykwer and adapted by screenwriter Andrew Birkin, the film stars actors Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman.
The filming of The Perfume went on in rather emblematic parts of the city, particularly featuring the Barrio Gótico and el Pueblo Español (central plaza). Set in the 18th century, the film involved the participation of about 5 thousand extras, while more complex scenes were choreographed by Fura dels Baus Theatre Co.
The top movie-making special event starred Woody Allen, who pays tribute to Barcelona in his latest film: Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona. The film features the wonderful Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Among the spots Woody most traversed were: the Columbus monument, the Maremagnum commercial center, the Maritime Club, the Barceloneta neighborhood, Pla de Palau, the Sagrada Familia, the striking Santa María del Mar church, Montcada Street, the Picasso Museum, Las Ramblas, and the old city altogether.
Barcelona…. Action! | Barcelona Movie Walks.
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Dear Hotel Barcelona Universal,
We wanted to say a huge thank you for your service over the three days that we stayed with you. Nothing was too much trouble for your staff who were always friendly, polite and willing to help.
A very special thank you to Christina and Ruth at reception who helped my husband retrieve his jacket and please pass on our warmest regards to the older gentlemen who helped us with our bags and hurried to us with an umbrella when it was raining on Tuesday.
Room service staff were also wonderful provding us with hot water daily for our sons milk. We had a truly wonderful stay.
Experience sent by Shurmila Sandhi, Apr 09
Barcelona offers more than 4km of sea line, divided in 7 urban beaches fully equipped with all the facilities needed for a perfect sun & bath day, and thought also for disabled people.
During the last few years, the beaches of Barcelona, and their special features which make them so attractive, have become one of the most popular public areas of the city. Beaches constitute a large open air area where we can come into contact with the sea, the sun and the sand, and where we can also become familiar with marine fauna. All of this is possible on the beaches in Barcelona which are close to home and which can be enjoyed all year round.
The sea has played an important role in making Barcelona an open city, in which peoples and cultures have mixed since ancient times. The medieval and modern city established trade relations by sea but, with the passing of time, we have witnessed a growing need to have more contact with the sea, beyond merely mercantile and fishing activities.
Over the years, the inhabitants of Barcelona have become more attracted to sea bathing, swimming courses and sailing competitions. The reconstruction of the Maritime Front of the city, begun in the 1980′s, meant a historical change and has contributed to making the beaches part of our daily life.
The City Hall offers a daily updated information on the status of the beaches and the sea on its website.
US President Barack Obama expressed this week his desire to return to the city, during a bilateral meeting in Prague with Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Obama expressed an interest in paying a return trip to the Catalan capital.
“I would like to go to Spain and return to Barcelona”, said Obama to Zapatero, according to a Moncloa spokesperson.
During his tour of Europe in 1988, Obama took a walk down the Rambla with a Senegalese man he met who was looking for work. In his book “Dreams From My Father”, Obama wrote: “While we were walking towards the Rambla, I had the impression I had known him all my life; as if we were both making the same trip, although we had set out from opposite ends of the planet”.
3 jours à l’hôtel 1898. Très belle décoration, un accueil compétent et sympathique. Les chambres sont très belles et calmes. Nous sommes revenus enchantés de cet hôtel et nous reviendrons. En revanche, le spa est beau mais les massages ne sont pas à la hauteur d’un hôtel de cette catégorie.
Experience sent by Anne EPSTEIN, Apr 09.
We stayed at JAZZ HOTEL from 31st March to 2nd April. We had in advance said, that we would arrive early – and when we came at around 11, our room was ready and lovely. Travelling with a wheel-chair, there was plenty of space, and everybody met us with kindnes and a smile.
Although we heard the train every 3 minutes, it didn´t really bother us. We were just happy staying at JAZZ. Good value for money, and we will definately recommend to friends – and next time, we are going to Barcelona, we know, where to stay!
Thank you – kind regards
Henrik Hagensen and Lars Elstrom – April, 2009.
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Can you get to know Barcelona in one single night?
Barcelona is a city that takes exploring. It’s full of museums, exhibitions, Modernism (Art Nouveau), theatre, unique and spellbinding buildings, concerts, shops, bars, restaurants… Barcelona showcases a 2,000 year-old culture that’s impossible to get to know in just one day!
That’s why you save with every night you reserve, when you book your reservations with Núñez i Navarro hotels. Stay with us and let Barcelona’s charms take care of the rest!!
The More Nights, the Merrier the Discounts => Check + N = + D
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We just spent 3 nights at Hotel Jazz last week and were very happy with the experience. The hotel is minimalist and very modern, and most importantly, everything in the rooms worked. The bed was wonderful and firm, the rooms were well furnished and since we had travelled by car from France, the secure underground parking garage was a wonderful facility.
It is wonderfully situated in easy reach of the Placa Catalunya & The Ramblas. Couldn’t be better.
Just 2 small things which could perhaps be looked into. A mirror over the console in the room instead of a picture would be more useful, and the shower door is not wide enough to prevent water splashing into the bathroom. Consequently rather than using our towels again, we had to use them to mop the floor. This should be rectified.
Experience published by Ferriel, April 2009.
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The Irish band U2 are going to give a second concert at the Camp Nou in Barcelona on 2 July, according to the group’s official website today.
This second concert has been programmed after the 90,000 tickets that went on sale for the first, on 30 June, sold out in the record time of 54 minutes.
Barcelona will therefore host the first two dates on U2′s new world tour, the “360º Tour“.
Tickets for the second Barcelona concert will go on sale to the public on Tuesday 31 March, according to the group’s official website.
More inf@ in official website U2 360º Tour
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