Friday, April 3, 2009
Spaghetti Western Locations
One of the most impressive locations used in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is Cortijo de los Frailes which was used as the monastery scene where Tuco takes Blondie to recover and where Tuco’s brother, Pablo, is a monk. The first time I visited this site was in 2003 and Don Bruce took me up the ancient staircase to the roof, which was used as the roof for the prison where El Indio was jailed in “For a Few Dollars More”. Later in the same film it is used as Indio’s hideout after the El Paso bank robbery. It also was used for a scene in “Bullet for the General” where Klaus Kinski throws dynamite down on Mexican soldiers while quoting scripture. We actually walked on this roof but by 2005 it had collapsed as had several of the walls. This mission is an historical site and not a movie set, located in Cabo de Gata and it is truly sad to see the state of disrepair that it has fallen into. This is definitely one of the sites you must see before it is too late.
For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi “Garring” Yasuda’s excellent website: http://garringo.cool.ne.jp/