Outdoor cinemas in Madrid for this summer

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There’s something special about outdoor cinemas in summer. The pleasant breeze of summer nights, a cricket that you hear from far away, the gunfires from the other movie… Undoubtedly, outdoor cinemas are one of the best things in summer.

This summer in Madrid you can go to El Cuartel by City Lights at Centro Cultural Conde Duque, the open-air cinema promoted by Better es mejor, the coolest pop-up agency right now (they organized The Apartment, The Hovse, The Patio…). The team is completed by chef Javier Muñoz-Calero (known for the restaurants Tartán, La Muñoca, El huerto de Lucas), who will coordinate a gastro terrace with a menu composed by big names such as Albert Adriá, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Ramon Freixa and Paco Pérez del Miramar. There will also be a marketplace with nice fashion labels. Having known Better es mejor‘s previous adventures, I am sure this will be the most special place in the city this season. It will be opened from July 10th to September 28th. The movies they’ve chosen include The Departed, Avatar, The Impossible… You can get your tickets here.

Other outdoor cinemas in Madrid:
- Cine de La Bombilla
- Auditorio del parque del Calero
- Casa Museo Lope de Vega
- Castillo de Villaviciosa de Odón
- La Casa Encendida

And if you have a house with garden (or friends that do), it’s easy to set up an improvised outdoor cinema with help of a filmprojector… ;)

Movies I’d see at an outdoor cinema: 
- Pulp Fiction
- Jaws
- Saving Private Ryan
- Shutter Island
- Casino
- Wind
- Out of Africa
- Witness for the prosecution
- The Princess Bride
- Titanic
- Catch me if you can
- Indiana Jones: Raiders of the lost ark
- The Sting
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Or well, anything by Spielberg, Hitchcock or Scorsese.

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The inspiration behind the sets and decoration of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

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I randomly came across these photos of the creation of The Grand Budapest Hotel sets, the model and the actual sets in which the movie was filmed. Wes Anderson‘s latest movies has probably one of the most refined designs of his, with lots of references and exquisite details, from the Mendl’s boxes to the lobby boy uniforms designed by Milena Canonero. Even though the movie was released a few months ago, I wanted to share with you the inspiration behind this film’s great visual conception.

Adam Stockhausen was the production designer of the movie, with the help of Anna Pinnock as set decorator. Graphic designer Annie Atkins created the boxes, the maps, the newspapers and other props. Stockhausen also worked in Moonrise Kingdom and the Darjeeling Limited, both by Anderson too. For The Grand Budapest Hotel he researched the Library of Congress’s Photochrom postcard collection for images from the 20′s and 30′s, which provided him with many visuals for hotels in mountaintops, funiculars, trains, exotic corners of Europe… Stockhausen checked real spas and hotels in Germany and the Czech Republic—including the the Hotel Adlon in Berlin and the Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary—as well as London’s Savoy Hotel, for ideas, as Architectural Digest explained.

After months of searching, the perfect location for the insides of the hotel appeared: the former Görlitzer Warenhaus department store from 1913, which served as the location for the primary sets and production offices. “The magnificent stained glass dome and chandeliers were still intact and can be seen in the film”, notes National Post. The rest was redecorated based on the German artistic style known as Jugendstil. Two phases can be discerned in Jugendstil: an early one, before 1900, that is mainly floral in character, rooted in English Art Nouveau and Japanese applied arts and prints; and a later, more abstract phase, growing out of the Viennese work of the Belgian-born architect and designer Henry van de Velde (via). Archways, mezzanines and galleried arcades are the recurrent architectural motifs in the film. For the elevator design the inspiration was the one in Los Angeles’ Bradbury Building (which appears in Blade Runner). An early-1900s arch-laden bathhouse discovered in Görlitz during production doubled as the hotel’s pool and spa.

No real hotel could fulfill Wes Anderson’s imagination needs, so a miniature model was constructed at Studio Babelsberg, near Berlin. One of Anderson’s signatures is that he uses miniature models that the audience will recognize as fake (but awesome) sets, giving his films an unique feel. This is known as Wes Anderson’s dollhouse style.

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