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10 Cool Films and Series Shot in Croatia
This article presents the most renowned animated and fiction movies which were filmed in Adriatic towns and islands.
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Croatia has long traditions in moviemaking. The 1960s saw the golden age of Croatia's cinema production, yet in the 1990s the filming projects were interrupted by war. The arrival of the new century started another prosperous era for the industry. Here is an overview of the most famous films and series made in Croatia.
Game of Thrones
The series' fans must have seen the medieval fort Lovrijenac perched high on a 40-meter cliff in Dubrovnik, the catacombs of Diocletian's Palace in Split, the Benedictine monastery dating to 1023 A.D. on Lokrum Island near Dubrovnik, Krka cascade waterfalls and other signature places.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
The eighth episode of the cinematic saga was filmed in several countries, including Croatia's Dubrovnik. According to Rian Johnson, film's writer and director, "Croatia, it was the perfect place to shot Canto Bight. We are in this alleyway in Dubrovnik smashing speeders, and it was just one of those Oh my Gosh what are we doing this is amazing moments."
Odyssey (2016)
The French biographical adventure film directed by Jérôme Salle about the life of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, his family, and crew. The film recounts the life of the captain who dreams of exploring the world's oceans and invents the first apparatus for underwater breathing. After putting together a team of like-minded enthusiasts, the captain decides to set sail. The film was shot in Croatia, the Antarctic, South Africa, and Argentina.
Mamma Mia! 2 (2018)
The picturesque island of Vis became the filming location for the second part of the Hollywood musical movie "Mamma Mia!" featuring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Cher. The movie's romantic story is inspired by the songs of the band ABBA. Even though the film shows almost the entire island, the main plot is set in the village in the western part, particularly in the small bay of Barjoska, and a number of scenes were shot in the southern past on the famous Stiniva Beach with its white pebbles and cliffs forming a spectacular entrance to the sea.
Captain America (1990)
The movie is based on the plot of the world-famous Marvel Comics books about a superhero named Captain America. The character was created by writer Joe Simon and artist Jack Kirby and first appeared in Timely Comics in the 1940s. Over the years, about 210 million copies of Captain America were sold in a total of 75 countries. The filming partially took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Porco Rosso (1992)
Animator Hayao Miyazaki was incredibly inspired by Croatia when creating the first authentically unique and one of the most well-known animated films for adults. The World War I hero, military pilot Marco Pagot (Marco Rossolini) is from Italy but lives in the suburbs of Rijeka, which was part of Italy back then. He was so disappointed in people and life that brought upon himself a curse and partially turned into a pig. After the Nazis came to power in Italy, he started working for the government hunting for air pilots. The story unfolds on the eastern coast of the Adriatic sea between Dalmatia and the Kvarner islands, while Porco Rosso's secret shelter is in Stiniva, a beautiful cove on the Vis island. Also, the film offers views of Dubrovnik. This film is about anti-fascism, mutual support, and love.
Titus (1999)
The directorial debut of Julie Taymor ("Frida", "Across the Universe", "The Tempest") was based on William Shakespeare's tragedy "Titus Andronicus" starring Anthony Hopkins in the leading role. As the plot goes, the colonel returns to Rome after defeating the Goths and brings Tamora, the future empress, and her sons, among his captives. He sacrifices one of the sons to the gods, and Tamora sets to avenge the murder. The beginning and end of the film were shot in the Pula Arena.
Winnetou / Apache Gold (1963)
The screen version of the eponymous novel by the German author Karl May. The protagonist of this Western film, the son of the Mescalero Apache chief, is courageous and loyal, a skilled warrior and an excellent rider. According to the plot, Winnetou sets out to the "town of white people" to negotiate the relocation of the railroad illegally built into his tribe's land but gets captured by enemies...The film features multiple Croatian locations, including the Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes and Krka national parks; the Zrmanja river canyon; the natural parks Velebit and Lake Vrana; Omiš, the Cetina River, Grobničko polje, and Platak among many others.
Doctor Who (2009)
The world's longest sci-fi series was originally from Great Britain, and over the years has gained cult status, having become part and parcel of mass culture. One episode of "Doctor Who" titled "Vampires in Venice" was filmed in Trogir, despite the fact that the plot was set in the 1580 Venice.
Isadora (1968)
The film by Director Karel Reisz starring Vanessa Redgrave in the leading role was filmed in Opatija, Rijeka, Moscenicka Draga and in Zagreb's Maksimir Stadium. The film is a biography of Isadora Duncan, the famous 1920s dancer, who revolutionized the concept of ballet. The film received the best actress award (Vanessa Redgrave) at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival and a host of Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Also, it was included in the TOP-10 best films of 1970, according to the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
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