Travel Guide to California

2015 Travel Guide to California

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60 2 0 1 5 T R A V E L G U I D E T O C A L I F O R N I A CA.MOVIES Shooting on Location Many of your favorite films were made in California, at a location near you BY JACQUELINE YAU For more than a century, filmmakers have been inspired by California's polyglot culture, striking landscapes and laid-back lifestyle to create a breathless diversity of movies representing the human condition. A Paramount Studio location map from 1927 shows what locations in California could stand in for places across the country and around the world—from Wyoming cattle country to the Nile River to the Swiss Alps to Sherwood Forest in England. These movie-making master illusionists have shaped perceptions of the Golden State and influenced attitudes and dress globally through such memorable quotes as, "Just one word…plastics," from The Graduate (1967) and Arnold Schwarzenegger's line in The Terminator (1984), "I'll be back." There's a symbiotic relationship between the film industry and the state, and many cities have benefited economically from films shot in and around them. Film Locations by the Hundreds So many movies have been filmed in Cali- fornia that cottage industries have cropped up guiding tourists to film locations. There are hundreds of places to visit in Holly- wood and greater LA, the cradle of the movie business. One of the better-kept SAN FRANCISCO For decades, San Francisco has been a popular location for films because of its breathtaking seXing and equally beautiful architecture, as seen here in a row of iconic Victorian houses on Alamo Square. Countless films have been shot in the city and tours visit as many as 70 movie locations. SOMCHAIJ/SHUTTERSTOCK . OPPOSITE: SONGQUAN DENG/SHUTTERSTOCK ; SHIPPEE/SHUTTERSTOCK It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it. —Andy Warhol

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