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.