Morocco-Ouarzazate, Morocco's Hollywood
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Ouallywood, aka Ouarzazate, is coming back. After some years of crisis Morocco’s best movies location is gone back to his full glory with 18 movies and TV serials only in 2014. Today for the Guardian Ouarzazate’s sets and locations are betewwn the best ten of the world and suitable for any type of production, the Jerusalem created for The Crusades of Ridley Scott has been transformed into Baghdad and in a location of Game of Thrones. The secret weapons of Ouarzazate are a weather with sunshine three hundred days a year, lights that don’t need filters and biblical landscapes better of thewildest dreams of any director. After Lawrence of Arabia, in 1962, Roman legions, Crusaders and Egyptian armies, passionate loves and palace conspiracies shaked forever this French Foreign Legion outpost founded in 1928 in a strategic position between the Sahara desert and the Atlas mountains. It is estimated that in Ouarzazate about thirty five thousand people, and indirectly about thirty thousand of the seventy thousand inhabitants, live almost exclusively of cinema. In his golden years Ouallywood has become one of the favorite locations for large productions on historical themes, from The Sheltering Sky to The Gladiator and Kundun, interpreting also a lot of holy cities. The ancient Rome materializes inside the Musée du Cinema opened in 2007 where Pompeian frescoes precede a barbaric-fantasy golden chair, the Throne Room that serves also as Roman Senate, while the Jerusalem of The Kingdom of Heaven is at the end of a desert track. Thousand of tourists go every year on pilgrimage to the historic Atlas Studios where an orgy of wood and styrofoam reveals the forbidden world of the temple of Luxor revisited by Asterix and Obelix or the Tibetan monastery of Kundun. Out of town spectacular kasbahs are good for any set, while en route to Agadir some rusty Oldsmobiles before a distributor that promises "Cold Beer, Gas Haven, Last Stop 200 miles" announces the ruins of post-modern set of The hills Have Eyes, a horror-splatter movie by Alexandre Jouan-Arcady, a remake of Wes Craven’s movie.