The cinematographic productions
filmed in Castilla y León from this
industry’s initial stage up to nowadays,
reached their moment of greatest
splendour and glamour between 1954
The cultural exchange between these
films and our region led to a
transformation in certain mentalities
thanks to these productions.
Simultaneously, local elements were
incorporated into the film makers’ results.
These films turned Castilla y León into a
one big set; a stage which allowed
producers to create any story set in any
time or place (France, Russia, Greece,
Sicily, the Wild West, Ancient Rome,
Colonial China, Barbaric Germany, …)
The contrasts in landscapes, the long
sunny days, the marked seasons and the
existence of historical monuments
belonging to very different architectonic
styles, made it possible.
It’s necessary to highlight Castilla y León
people’s involvement in these
productions as extras. Right up to the
present day, the locals still have fond
memories, which have come to swell the
family mythology through generations
It is also necessary to stress the presence
of big film stars and leading technicians
of international renown, who often
enjoy long stays or even bought
properties in this region, where they had
contributed to important productions.
Producers such as Carlo Ponti, Stanley
Kramer, Alexander Salkind, Samuel
Bronston, Frank McCarthy, Melvin
Frank… paid us a visit.
Directors such as George Cukor, Orson
Welles, David Lean, Alan J. Pakula, Guy
Hamilton, Jean Negulesco, John
Boorman, Anthony Mann, Richard
Lester, Christian Jaque, Paul Verhoeven,
Ridley Scott, Jackie Chan,… filmed here.
Renowned actors and actresses, Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren,
Christopher Lee, Olivia de Havilland,
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Audrey
Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, Faye
Dunaway, Henry Fonda, Joan Fontaine,
Cary Grant, Sean Connery, Jeanne
Moureau, Glenn Ford, Omar Sharif,
Rutger Hauer, Marlon Brando, Sigourney.
Weaver, Michael York, Raquel Welch,
Buster Keaton, Mel Ferrer, Alan Ladd,...
among many others, worked here.
Although the Spanish productions that
have used Castilla y León as a set
outnumber extensively foreign ones,
some of these productions are great
titles of international cinema: Patton,
Chimes at Midnight (Falstaff), Battle of
the Bulge, The Pride and The Passion,
Conan the Barbarian, El Cid, The Good,
the Bad and the Ugly, Robin and
Marian, Excalibur, The Black Tulip,
Nicholas and Alexandra, Flesh and
Blood, Doctor Zhivago, A funny thing
happened on the way to the Forum,
Camelot, Gulliver’s Travels, The Return
of the Three Musketeers,...
We could add thousands of
cinematographic shoots to those
of TV series, documentaries and
advertisements, turning our region into
an immense set open to those wishing
to use it.