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Where Movies Are Really Filmed

Created for globe-trotting cinema buffs, the pocket-size Film + Travel series (Museyon Guides, $15.95 each) outlines movie backdrops around the world, including unexpected stand-in spots. Five faux locations revealed:

1. The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (1966)

Setting: The arid American West, complete with gunslinging cowboys.
Really Is: Andalusia, Spain, also the site for many other Italian-produced “spaghetti westerns.”

2. Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

Setting: The ebony-hued sands on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima, in Clint Eastwood’s World War II epic.
Really Is:
Sandvik, a volcanic beach in southwestern Iceland.

3. Chicago (2002)

Setting: The scandal-filled clubs of Jazz Age Chicago.
Really Is:
Toronto.

4. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Setting: A battle against marauding Turks in Tafas, Syria.
Really Is: The desert near Ouarzazate, a well-preserved casbah in Morocco—with Moroccan soldiers playing Turks.

5. The Matrix (1999)

Setting: A virtual, American-inspired megalopolis programmed by intelligent machines of the future.
Really Is:
Sydney.

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