Location, location, location

Just back from Lisbon where we missed seeing a classic movie that has a connection with that city – it was shown on the 1st July at the art-house cinema a couple streets away from where were staying. We arrived on the 5th!

Not a great loss though as it’s being shown locally in a few week’s time – it’s the first one on this list of ten movies with connections to particular towns or cities that Caroline and I have watched a few times over the years (sometimes in the UK, sometimes elsewhere).

Casablanca  – the title says it all, but there’s a Lisbon connection too…

High Fidelity – set in Islington in the book, but the film version relocated to Chicago…

Brief Encounter – yes, Carnforth rules the roost here…

TT Closer To The Edge – everything you wanted to know about the Isle Of Man TT races, but were afraid to ask. Star in the making Guy Martin’s profile has risen somewhat since this was made…

Shakespeare In Love – that beach at the end is actually Holkham Beach in Norfolk…

Amelie – yes, Paris rules the roost on this one…

Hot Fuzz – visit Wells in Somerset and some sites in the centre may just seem familiar from the Battle Of Sandford towards the end of the film…

Stormy Monday – Sean Bean, Melanie Griffiths, Tommy Lee Jones and Sting film set in Newcastle-upon-Tyne…

The Illusionist – great animation from the team behind Belleville Rendezvous. This Jaques Tati story is part set in Edinburgh and there’s some familiar places in there…

London The Modern Babylon – Julien Temple’s portrait of the city…

There are more of course, but they’re for another day!

Yes, I’m back into action after a few weeks of travelling and dealing with coughs and splutters caused by the post-stroke medications that are supposed to be doing me some good!

More on Friday before some features start coming your way next week.

See, I told you that I’ll be back!

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About Keith Rickaby

Fiftysomething writer and occasional photographer who has worked in the tailoring trade and the outdoor/travel clothing, equipment and footwear game. Past lives include working as an outdoor instructor, managing three bands and doing PR work through an agency or my own contacts. Was a student in the mid-90s and whilst I'm originally from the North East, I'm now firmly based in't Yorkshire...
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