Sevilla in Movies

What makes a popular city? Well, a city sometimes gains importance through pop culture, that is, how visible it is in popular culture. Like London, Barcelona, and Paris, Sevilla is also a beloved setting for many movie directors. This is because of its range of well-preserved architecture from medieval to regionalist, from every era and style.

Parque Maria Luisa´s Expo 1929 buildings are popular spots: Plaza de España, with its bizarre architectural hotchpotch of sweeping circular façade, neo-Moorish arches and Venetian bridges, was planet Naboo´s Theed Palace in “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”.

In the classic “Lawrence of Arabia”, the Palacio Español doubled as the Cairo Officers´ Club, while the park´s Plaza de las Americas was Jerusalem,  the nearby Casino was Damascus Town Hall, and the courtyard was the King Alfonso XIII Hotel.

Casa de Pilatos was used in the crusades movie “Kingdom of Heaven”, starring Orlando Bloom, as well as in “1492: Conquest of Paradise”, about Christopher Columbus. Some Lawrence scenes were also filmed here, while the Alcazar appeared as the court of the King of Jerusalem in Kingdom.

The Plaza of the Americas also appeared in Anthony Mann’s “El Cid”. It would also serve as the Palace of Vladek Sheybal’s Bashaw in “The Wind and the Lion” (1975) (including the memorable attack scene by the United States marines.)

In addition, the surrealist film “That Obscure Object of Desire”, by director Luis Buñuel, features many scenes shot in Seville.

Seville is given as the setting of part of the action on Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible II”, but was not shot there. The portrayal of the Holy Week in the film holds no link to reality.

The Spanish translation of “My Fair Lady’s” phonetic exercise “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain” is “La lluvia en Sevilla es una pura maravilla”, “The rain in Seville is a pure marvel”.