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Oh what a fabulous find! Salvador Dali and Walt Disney started to work together on a cartoon back in 1946 called DESTINO. The six-minute short follows the love story of Chronos and the ill-fated love he has for a mortal female. The story continues as the female dances through surreal scenery inspired by Dalí’s paintings. Someone picked it up and dusted off and the short version was released in 2003. I love love love it!! It’s truly one of life’s little known treasures! The official press release states:

Destino began in 1946 as a collaboration between Walt Disney and the famed surrealist painter Salvador Dali. A first-hand example of Disney’s interest in avant garde and experimental work in animation, Destino was to be awash with Dali’s iconic melting clocks, marching ants and floating eyeballs. However, Destino was not completed at that time. In 2003 it was rediscovered by Walt’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, who took on the challenge of bringing the creation of these two great artists to fruition. In addition to the completed Destino, this exciting addition to the Walt Disney Treasures line also includes an all-new feature-length documentary that examines the surprising partnership between Dali and Disney plus two new featurettes; “The Disney That Almost Was,” an examination of the studio’s unfinished projects; and “Encounters with Walt,” which addresses the surprisingly diverse group of celebrities and artists who were attracted to Walt Disney’s early work.

The DVD is due to be released in 2010, until than, enjoy:

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I’ve been a Barcelona aficionada since I can remember, still my interest resurfaced after I watched my 062e03d8-d46e-49e5-b03f-7246aa003f73_vicky_cristina_barcelona_caratulanow favourite movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona. I’m pretty certain that I would be madly in love with Scarlett Johansson if I were a man… and after this movie I probably would have fallen in love with Penelope too! What an actress!!! Talk about an Oscar well deserved.

I believe that a really good movie can be influential and life changing! This movie certainly has been for me.

“Barcelona provides the dazzling backdrop to the film. The modernista architecture, Gaudí, the museums, cuisine, the charming narrow streets and squares tucked away in the old quarter are real locations which reaffirm the city’s place as a magnet for lovers of cultural tourism.”

A must see for everyone!

And what better way to prepare for a trip or a move than researching what the moviemakers have to offer? Barcelona has become incredibly popular among commercial and movie makers alike and here are just a couple of my must-see movies before the move:

L’Auberge Espagnole

“The film tells the story of a French graduate student who goes to study in Barcelona as part of the Erasmus Scheme and shares an apartment with seven other students from all over Europe. In this mini Tower of Babel he lives a somewhat chaotic and informal life, marked by a permanent diversity which is continually on show.

In the words of the director Cédric Klapisch, Barcelona was the ideal city to shoot this film, because it is highly photogenic. He also added that it is a city that has attained a mythical status for many young people in Europe who dream of visiting it. La Rambla, the Park Güell, the Sagrada Família and the Barceloneta beaches are just some of the areas that reveal this open, Mediterranean city steeped in history and culture.4e74ef62-1a91-46df-8194-2a21effea334_Salvador_puig_antich_caratula

Salvador Puig Antich

“The Catalan-British co-production is based on rigorously documented real events which took place during the last years of the Franco regime, a period relatively unexplored by film-makers. It tells the story of, a young anarchist who fights for freedom by every possible means, aware of the possible consequences and the tragic and unduly heavy price he would have to pay for his actions, which made him a symbol for an entire generation.”

 Todo Sobre Mi Madre

Oscar winning, heart-wrenching story about a mother who moves to Barcelona to find the father of her dead son.

“For the first time, Almodóvar decided that the main setting for one of his films would be Barcelona instead of Madrid, and feature such well-known landmarks as the Sagrada Família and the Palau de la Música Catalana”.

In fact the Barcelona Tourism Board offers “Barcelona Movie Walks” aka sightseeing tours visiting the places where these (among others) movies were shot! Cool!

All pics and reviews are from the Barcelona Movie website

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