A GUIDE FOR MOVIE LOVERS

Tour fa­mous movie lo­ca­tions

Where Calgary - - CONTENTS - BY TIIA ÖHMAN AND SATU WALDEN

Movies have al­ways cre­ated a sense of won­der and brought sights from far­away lo­ca­tions to our liv­ing rooms. Vis­it­ing filming lo­ca­tions is about see­ing the world, but in some in­ex­pli­ca­ble way, it’s also about get­ting closer to the movies, ac­tors, and film­mak­ers we love. For trav­ellers, it’s also a way to visit the fas­ci­nat­ing places they’ve seen de­picted on screen. Now movie buffs can head straight to lo­ca­tions where some of their favourite films and tele­vi­sion shows were shot.

Where to Find Fa­mous Movie Lo­ca­tions BROKE­BACK MOUN­TAIN

The iconic lo­cal western bar where Jake Gyl­len­haal’s char­ac­ter Jack Twist first meets Anne Hath­away’s Lureen in Broke­back Moun­tain is Ranch­man’s Cook­house and Dance­hall (page 48) in Cal­gary. A big por­tion of the movie was filmed in Kananaskis (page 57). Among the ma­jes­tic moun­tains and pris­tine lakes you’ll find the boys’ camp­ing sites and for­est trails. The unforgettable “I wish I knew how to quit you” scene was filmed at the Up­per Kananaskis Lake.

HEART­LAND, FARGO, AND UNFORGIVEN

The town of High River is an im­por­tant lo­ca­tion for all the fans of Heart­land. Here you can peek through the win­dows in Mag­gie’s Diner, Tack and Feed in real life. Also, the ac­tion-packed sea­son two finale of Fargo was filmed at the High River Mo­tor Mo­tel. Clint East­wood’s Unforgiven also stopped by here, as well as in sev­eral other small towns in­clud­ing Brooks, Longview, and Drumheller (page 57).

THE BOURNE LEGACY, IN­CEP­TION, THE REVENANT, AND THE AS­SAS­SI­NA­TION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COW­ARD ROBERT FORD

The open­ing scene of The Bourne Legacy, where Jeremy Ren­ner’s char­ac­ter emerges from a chilly lake, was filmed in Kananaskis. The Revenant also used many lo­ca­tions in and around Kananaskis, un­til the pro­duc­tion had to do a sur­prise move to the south­ern tip of South Amer­ica in Ar­gentina due to lack of snow. Other movies filmed in this re­gion in­clude The As­sas­si­na­tion of Jesse James by the Cow­ard Robert Ford and In­cep­tion.

Scenes for two of Leonardo DiCaprio’s ma­jor films were filmed at Fortress Moun­tain Re­sort in Kananaskis: Ale­jan­dro G. Iñár­ritu’s The Revenant, which he fi­nally won an Os­car for, and Christo­pher Nolan’s In­cep­tion.

OVER 150 PRO­DUC­TIONS

The mas­sive Scott Ranch in Longview has served the movie in­dus­try for over thirty years. The ranch has live­stock, western props, wag­ons and bug­gies and has been in­volved in over 150 pro­duc­tions over the years.

Did You Know? The crew of pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion se­ries Game of Thrones have been to the Cal­gary area sev­eral times to shoot scenes with worl­drenowned an­i­mal trainer An­drew Simp­son. Quigley, a wolf trained by In­stinct An­i­mals for Film, plays Ghost, the di­re­wolf of char­ac­ter Jon Snow.

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