With the glamorous Cannes Film Festival coming up this month (following on from Sundance and Tribeca), we look at some of the world’s best spots for film buffs.
This beautiful city on the sun-kissed south coast of France is home to what has become one of the world’s biggest and glitziest film festivals, which opens this year with Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly. Other stars in attendance at the 2014 festival include Sofia Coppola, Gael Garcia Bernal and Jane Campion- and that’s just the jury. New films from Ken Loach and Mike Leigh will compete for the coveted awards. Stroll along the Croisette, shop in the boutiques, gawp at the flashy yachts in the harbour and go star spotting. If your invitation to the VIP party on George Clooney’s yacht gets lost in the post, head to the beach for free film screenings and sip a cocktail at a beachside bar- you never know who you might bump into...
Rome’s legendary Cinecittà studios are a stalwart in the ever-changing cinema world- this year celebrating an impressive 77 years in business. Rome has long been a draw for filmmakers, with films like Roman Holiday making the most of both the Cinecittà studios and the beautiful architecture, winding streets and pretty squares of this historic city. Follow in the footsteps of Oscar-winning Audrey Hepburn and visit landmarks such as the Coliseum, the Forum and the Spanish Steps, where Hepburn enjoys an ice-cream with Gregory Peck. The Years of La Dolce Vita, an exhibition showcasing photographs that capture the heady days of cinema in Rome in the 1950s and 1960s, is at the Estorick Collection in London until 29 June.
New York is a giant film set in itself, and its glittering skyscrapers, bridges and boulevards, along with landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park, have become synonymous with classics such as Manhattan, An Affair to Remember and When Harry Met Sally. Take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building and admire the views, and refuel at film locations with a sandwich at Katz’s deli or an ice-cream sundae at Serendipity. If you fancy having a go yourself, either in front of or behind the camera, enrol at the New York Film Academy.
Moscow may not immediately spring to mind as a destination for cinema, but the Moscow International Film Festival (coming up in June) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world, and over the years it has celebrated international figures in cinema from Stanislavsky to Fellini. While you’re there, explore what Lonely Planet calls the ‘city of superlatives,’ and take in the opulent cafes, sprawling markets and the lavish architecture of landmarks such as the Red Square, the Kremlin and the colourful St Basil’s Cathedral.
The extraordinarily prolific Bollywood studios in Mumbai (Bombay) give Hollywood a run for its money, producing over a thousand films a year. Bollywood films, with their spectacular song and dance routines, sell billions of tickets worldwide, and their influences can be seen in the revival in musicals and in films such as the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire. The International Indian Film Awards, Bollywood’s answer to the Oscars, were recently held in the US for the first time, and drew huge crowds (as well as a dancing John Travolta). Visit the studios in Mumbai and see how it all comes together, and take in the mosques, temples, parks and harbour of this bustling city.
City parks all over Europe are gearing up for this summer’s open air cinema season, while in London, if you're feeling spontaneous, try Secret Cinema, which holds secret films in secret locations, or Hot Tub Cinema, where you can watch a movie while soaking in a rooftop hot tub. When summer’s over in Europe, head down south to Australia where summer will just be starting. Sydney surely has one of the most spectacular film settings in the world- here you can watch the latest blockbusters on a giant screen on the waterfront against a stunning backdrop of the opera house and the harbour bridge, framed by a sky of stars.
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