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Where was Macbeth Filmed?

Here's a look at some of the stunning locations of the highly-anticipated new adaptation of Macbeth. The William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is timeless, no matter how much time goes by since it was written. It will be always there to remind us of the consequences of the lust for power and destructive ambition.

The Australian director Justin Kurzel is in charge of a production led by the Holywood stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Elizabeth Debicki. The quality of this film is backed by the enthusiastic reception that it got at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where Macbeth was competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or.

The play is set in Scotland (as the Mac prefix to family names suggests), and filming took place there and also in England:

The flower parade festival of Zundert in Holland

Only dahlias must be used to decorate the massive floats that in early September invade the small town of Zundert. 20 flower sculptures from 20 districts compete to build the most spectacular, crazy or ingenious one.

Everything started in 1936, and after the break of the war, the parade was continued in 1945. Since then, the Corso Zundert festival has been growing every year bigger, staging more complex and beautiful creations.

The design of the floats have a strong artistic component. The process to build one of them takes all the year, and involves the volunteer work of Zundert residents. Flowers have to be fresh, so they can't be added to the float until 2-3 days before the parade, when hundreds of neighbours are required to complete the job.

The photos below are sorted from oldest to the latest edition. This is a selection of the winning floats or the ones that have drawn our attention, on a journey through time from 2002 to 2015:

Where was Crimson Peak filmed?

A blonde maid in white robes carrying a chandelier in the dark, things that creep upon the corridors, a mysterious attic in a haunted mansion... These are very cliche elements of the subgenre haunted-house movie, but also very promising in the hands of director Guillermo del Toro. The creator of the masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth comes back with a Victorian Gothic horror film, that in words of Stephen King is "gorgeous and just fucking terrifying."

The amazing pictures of the mansion Crimson Peak, reminds the atmosphere and light that the Italian maestro Dario Argento got in the creepy dance academy of Suspiria. On that occasion back in the seventies, the scenery had a touch of a whimsical Art Deco style. But according to an interview, Del Toro is aiming higher, to the Mount Everest of the haunted-house terror films: Stanley Kubrick's The shining.

But let's go back to the world of Crimson Peak, that takes place in the late nineteenth century. The entire film was shot in Canada, around Toronto, but in fiction we are in what is today Cumbria, (or the historic Cumberland), the most northwesterly county of England, bordering Scotland. This article contains no spoilers, for this you just have to watch the trailer (that too often seems a summary of the film in two minutes):

Crimson Peak House location

Where was Spectre filmed?

The new Bond film Spectre is packed with awesome filming locations. 007 will take you from the desert in Morocco to the icy heights of Austria, and from the madness of a Mexican festival to the glamour of Rome, without forgetting where everything comes from, England.

It's no surprise that a James Bond film has been filmed all over the world. It is already the house brand to use exotic locations in each installment of the series. The previous one, Skyfall, was shot in Shanghai, Istanbul, Scotland and Japan. There are tons of pages commenting the plot, but here as always, we go spoiler-free:

Spectre filming locations in Mexico

Spectre Filming Locations

Maramures, a place from another time in a forgotten corner of Romania

Romania is a country full of pleasant surprises. Its bad international reputation keeps many away from some of its innumerable charms. The northern county of Maramures still retains the appeal of rural traditions, which have not yet been plundered by the modern life. But who knows how much longer it will last. Everything changes in a Romania that catches up with the rest of Europe quickly, via structural funds.

However, tourism is already here, but it seems that its perverse effects have not yet contaminated the villagers. The people of Maramures are hospitable, friendly and I would say, happy. They live in a harsh environment in winter, but of a supreme beauty, and they know it.

The isolated geographical location also helps. The nearest international airport is located in the Transylvanian city of Cluj-Napoca, about 300 km south of the heart of Maramures. The area is surrounded by a rather poor and antiquated road network, that has to overcome valleys and mountains everywhere. To the north are the Ukrainian Carpathians, and further west is a corner of Hungary that few travelers visit. It's almost perfect.

Maramures Romania

Where was The Man from U.N.C.L.E. filmed?

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a remake of a TV series from the 60s, set during the Cold War: a CIA agent infiltrates in East Berlin to track down the daughter of a Nazi scientist who can create a new atomic bomb. It's a classic spy-action-comedy, but this time partially set in the Mediterranean.

The leading actors form a troupe of sexy and glamorous Hollywood stars, always ready to pose for the photo, like Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Elizabeth Debicki, Alicia Vikander, and Hugh Grant.

Guy Ritchie (responsible of brilliant movies like Snatch or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), is the film director who will take the crew to the filming locations in Italy and United Kingdom: Contains no spoilers!

Where was The Man from UNCLE filmed

12 beautiful German cities that survived WW2 almost untouched

When traveling through Europe is still very easy to see in many places the trail left by the wounds of World War II. The conflict wiped out centuries of art, treasures and history, that time had gathered across the geography of the old continent.

Germany received its share, and saw how most of its urban centers were reduced to a pile of rubble. Luckily, human stupidity didn't took it all. A handful of small cities were left standing, to remind everyone what we missed out on.

This list is a selection of the biggest and most important cities that were spared during the Second World War. They were little or never bombed. A wise surrender on time, without a fight to advancing allied troops, left many of these fortunate towns untouched by the ravages of the war. It is not to be forgotten that once the peace was signed, the historic buildings had still to fight not to be torn down, to be replaced by newer ones:

German cities that survived WW2

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