Thursday, November 7, 2019

Spaghetti Western Location ~ Guadix

Guadix, Spain is a city in the eastern part of the province of Granada and is situated, at an altitude of 915 meters. It sits in a basin at the foot of the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It is located 55 kilometers northeast of Granada and 100 kilometers northwest of Almeria. Several monuments and buildings have been used by cinema makers. The Guadix train station appears in the first sequence of the film "A Bullet for the General" (1966), when Lou Castel takes the train to Durango. The imposing cathedral of San Torcuato, built of sandstone between the 16th and 17th centuries on the rise in the back country in the Juan X-XI century, is used in a counter-shot in the scenes of the arrival of Juan Miranda (Rod Streiger) and his band at Mesa Verde in the film "Duck You Sucker" (1971). The untimely sequence, when Rod Steiger attends, secretly, the shooting of three men by a platoon of soldiers, and turned to Plaza de Santiago, location had already been used in the first part of the film "Blood and Guns" (1969). The Plaza de Santiago is bounded on the north by the steep street (Calle de la Fuente, which descends from Calle Puerta Alta, located near the Alcazaba), it’s walls are characteristically decorated walls white squares. Another sequence of shootings of the mesa in "Duck You Sucker" and shot in the Azucarera San Torcuato (at the Guadix train station), is an interesting example of the industrial architecture of the beginning of the Noveccento (no longer used at the time of the shooting of the film) , who comes to represent the station of a Mexican city. A wonderful moving shot "traveling", from right to left, shows the shooting of a large number of civilian prisoners massed in ditches and hit from above by platoons of soldiers. These stone pits or trenches were originally canals built to wash sugar beets.

Also for the same sequence of "Duck You Sucker", between two large buildings of this sugar refinery is laid out a few hundred meters of track and from the nearby station of Guadix was brought a locomotive with some wagons in which a crowd of military and civilians is pouring onto the various cars.

"A Bullet for the General" (1966)

“Duck You Sucker” (1971)

“Duck You Sucker” (1971)

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