Settings of Films
Photography Manuel Martos
Settings of Films
Thanks of the big beauty and attractive of Úbeda and Baeza and the perfect building maintenance of its historic city centre, similar to the XV and XVI centuries, the streets of Úbeda and Baeza have been the main character of the filming in some of the most popular period films as Alatriste or La Conjura de El Escorial.
Directed by Agustín Díaz Yanes, starring Viggo Mortensen and based on the main character of Las aventuras del capitán Alatriste, a book of Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Alatriste is the second more expensive film of the Spanish cinema history. Apart from Úbeda and Baeza, the film was recorded also in El Álamo (Madrid), in Uclés (Cuenca), in Sevilla, in Santiponce (Sevilla), in Cádiz, in Conil de la Frontera (Cádiz) and in Tarifa.
In Úbeda, most of the shots taken were made in the spectacular enclave of the Vázquez de Molina Square and in some of its buildings as the Palace Vázquez de Molina, concretely on the Local Record office, place where Alatriste used to meet with the Count-Duke de Olivares. These location shots were also used to film other scenes, specially they were used to recreate the exit of the tavern used by Alatriste.
The beautiful Gothic cloister of the Collegiate Church fo Saint Mary of the Royal Fortresses was used as setting of the duel between Alatriste and Malatesta and Íñigo Balboa. In addition, this was the place where Iñigo was waiting for Angélica in vain. At the corner of the Sacred Chapel of The Saviour, the main character also fight a duel with his implacable rival.Equally, the Santo Domingo Square was the setting chosen for one of the most intense duels of the film, this one where Iñigo Balboa fights against Gualterio Malatesta.
Baeza was also the place where some of the most important sward duels of the film took place. These were filmed in the Alta, Canónigo Melgares Raya, Romero Mengíbar, Cobertizo, Sacramento, Laza de Santa Cruz, Cuesta de San Felipe Neri streets and in the Saint Mary Square.
Some of the most wonderful buildings played the lead in the most beautiful scenes of the film, such as the staircase of the Palace of Jabalquinto, the Juan de Ávila street, where a popular market was recreated, the Cathedral, where a scene with María de Castro was filmed on its stairs or the Former University.
La Conjura del Escorial (2006)
Directed by Antonio del Real and starring, among others, Julia Ormond, Jordi Mollà, Concha Cuetos and Juanjo Puigcorbé. This blockbuster, set in the XVI century, has been filmed also in Germany and Portugal.
The film shows the fights to get the power between the Alba Family and the Mendoza Family. Concretely, it reconstruct the conspiracy to kill the secretary of Don John of Austria. According to the history, in this incident the king Philip II himself was involved, who was forced to act due to his secretary Antonio Pérez and Ana de Mendoza, the Princess of Éboli.
In Úbeda, the Vázquez de Molina Square was transformed into the chosen setting to recreate the power of the nobility in the Spain of the Philip II. This place would be also the witness of one of the key moments of the film: the detention of the Princess of Éboli, character played by the actress Julia Ormond.
In Baeza, the surroundings of the Cathedral and these of the Palace of Jabalquinto were some of the settings chosen to represent different period scenes.
Nevertheless, other productions were filmed either in Úbeda or in Baeza.
Úbeda was the city chosen to record some scenes of the film El monumento (“The monument” with Analía Gadé), El hombre que supo amar (“The man who knew how to love” with Paco Valladares), Sonata de primavera (“Spring sonata” with Manuel Alexandre) or the TV series El Pícaro (“The Rascal” withFernando Fernán Gómez).
On its behalf, in Baeza some of the scenes of the film Teresa de Jesús were recorded (with Concha Velasco), the popular series of Curro Jiménez, the miniseries of the channel Antena3 La Princesa de Éboli (with Belén Rueda) and the comedy Rosa y negro (Gérard Jugnot and Juan Diego).
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