25 Sevillian Locations Found in Literature, Cinema and Other Arts
Sevilla, a city rich with history, culture and tradition of Southern Spain, is a location that is truly inspirational. It’s no wonder that Sevilla has been chosen as the setting for many films, novels, operas and televisions series. Sevilla’s southern charm provides the perfect ambience for characters such as Don Juan, Carmen and Fidelio. The city’s Andaulcian flair is found in the following artistic works:
1. The University of Sevilla provided one of the settings in the film Carmen, based on Biset’s famous opera.2. My Fair Lady's phonetic exercise in English "the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain" translates to "la lluvia en Sevilla es una pura maravilla" (the rain in Seville is a pure marvel) in Spanish.
3. Sevilla is one of the locations found in Dan Brown's novel, Digital Fortress. According to the author he started to think about writing The Da Vinci Code while taking an Art History course at the University of Sevilla.
4. The action comedy Knight and Day filmed several sequences in various locations of Sevilla.
5. The street, Paseo Alcalde Marqués de Contadero, provides the setting for the famous legend of Don Juan.
6. The Plaza de España in the Parque de María Luisa appears in George Lucas' Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
7. The film Alatriste, based on Arturo Pérez-Revere’s novels, was set in Sevilla.
8. The setting of the book The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams is based in Sevilla.
9. Ridley Scott used the paved courtyard from the Patio de las Doncellas in the Alcázar as the set for the King of Jerusalem’s court in his film Kingdom of Heaven.
10. The Patio de los Naranjos in the Catedral appears in the film Kingdom of Heaven.
11. The surrealist film by director Luis Buñuel, That Obscure Object of Desire, features many scenes shot in Sevilla.
12. The Plaza of the Americas appeared in Lawrence of Arabia, as a substitute for Jerusalem, and in Anthony Mann's El Cid.
13. Robert Wilson's police novels The Hidden Assassins (2006) and The Blind Man of Seville (2004) are based in Sevilla.
14. Sevilla is the primary setting of many operas, the best known of which are Bizet's Carmen, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Verdi's La Forza del Destino, Beethoven's Fidelio, Mozart's Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, and Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery.
15. The picaresque novel Rinconete y Cortadillo by Miguel de Cervantes takes place in Sevilla.
16. Sevilla is both the location and setting for much of the Doctor Who television series, The Two Doctors.
17. Pierre Louÿs’ novel La femme et le pantin, (The Woman and the Puppet) is set mainly in Sevilla. 18. Sevilla is the last city the narrator and Simone visit in Georges’ Bataille's Story of the Eye.
19. The parable, The Grand Inquisitor, which is based on Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov chronicles the tale of Christ’s return to earth in Sevilla.
20. Sevilla is one of the locations found in Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s novel, The Sevilla Communion.
21. Sevilla is one of the locations found in the science fiction novel, Ringworld, by Larry Niven.
22. Arthur Koestler's book, Spanish Testament, is based upon his experience while held in the Sevilla prison, during the Spanish Civil War.
23. The Spanish film Nadie Conoce a Nadie is set in Sevilla during the festivities of the Holy Week.
24. Carlos Saura’s Flamenco was filmed in the streets of Sevilla. 25. Ridley Scott’s 1492: Conquest of Paradise was filmed in Casa de Pilatos and the Reales Alcázares.