Friday, May 29, 2009

Spaghetti Western Locations

Los Albaricoques is north of San Jose and is an actual Spanish village, not a movie set. Sergio Leone used this site in both “Fistful of Dollars” and “For a Few Dollars More”.

One of Leone’s tricks was to film a location in one direction and then turning the camera around 180 degrees and filming it in the opposite direction to make it look like another location was used. In this village he used one street for “Fistful of Dollars” and on the opposite side of the buildings seen here was another street used in “For a Few Dollars More” for Agua Caliente where Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef shot the apples off the tree. Walking down these streets gives one a feeling of déjà vu. You can still see doorways, walls and buildings that Clint and Lee walked through and hid behind.

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