Where have the movies made you want to travel?
The first movie that made me want to travel was William Wyler’s Roman Holiday, in which a princess poses as a commoner in order to really see the city. I wanted to zoom by Vespa through the Eternal City, feed my hand to the Bocca de Verita and dance on the barges moored on the Tiber.
The next movie that made me make sure my passport was current was Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger, in which a journalist, Don Draper style, takes the identity of a dead man. I wanted to thread down Barcelona’s Passeig de Grazia and get lost in the undulations of a Gaudi building.
Most recently the movie that inspired me to buy an airplane ticket was Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World (my review here), set among the eccentrics and visionaries of McMurdo, Antarctica, people too preoccupied with thinking about the origins and possible endings of the world to worry about something so insignificant as identity.
Have the movies inspired you to travel? Which, where and why?