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Which films do you watch for the setting alone?

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Forgotmycoat · 28/10/2018 22:49

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The film I've watched over and over again for the setting alone is The Talented Mr Ripley. It's set in late 50s Italy and it's just breathtaking. It's partly to do with nostalgia for a time when life seemed simpler. I use the term nostalgia here loosely as I'm in my 30s. I feel a huge sense of loss for the slow pace of life depicted, the stunning unspoilt scenery and sunshine that oozes out of every frame. It's heart breaking to think that particular era will never return.

The film itself is fantastic, but every time I watch it I hardly focus on the storyline as I'm too busy drinking in the scenery.

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Motherofchickens1 · 28/10/2018 22:51

The holiday. I want that cottage soooooooooo much.

SaucyJack · 28/10/2018 22:52

Harry Potter.

FrogsPornPuddle · 28/10/2018 22:53

The miniaturist
Any historical drama - Sense and Sensibility etc.

IWantMyHatBack · 28/10/2018 22:54

Lost in Translation

Loads of others. I often prefer the setting to the rest of the film/series

CurlyhairedAssassin · 28/10/2018 22:55

The obvious one is Mamma Mia. The setting is the only thing I like about that film. The rest is so cringe.

Excelsa · 28/10/2018 22:56

Snap @forgotmycoat - the title of this post immediately brought to mind The Talented Mr Ripley. It inspired a summer of inter-railing around Italy, which was nowhere near as glowy and golden.

Florries · 28/10/2018 23:00

The beach. Awful film, great setting

mimosalou · 28/10/2018 23:03

The revenant for spectacular, snowy vistas

GetRid · 28/10/2018 23:05

A Room With a View
English Patient
Howard's End
Remains of The Day

I also love Talented Mr Ripley for the setting but also the fabulous soundtrack

On TV, the 1990s adaptation of My Family and Other Animals also has that Mediterranean endless summer feel to it

steff13 · 28/10/2018 23:07

Brokeback Mountain. Extremely dull movie, beautiful setting.

SingaSong12 · 28/10/2018 23:12

Dancing with wolves- though also like the film there are great views

Lucked · 28/10/2018 23:12

The Last Days of Disco and to a lesser extent Witmas other films Metropolitan and Barcelona.

New York socialites in the eighties. Fascinating.

HoomanMoomin · 28/10/2018 23:18

A good year.

ILiveInSalemsLot · 28/10/2018 23:19

A Ruver Runs Through It.
Beautiful setting in Montana

MargotLovedTom1 · 28/10/2018 23:23

Something's Gotta Give for Diane Keaton's house.

DianaPrincessOfThemyscira · 28/10/2018 23:25

2001: A Space Odyssey.

I mean, I enjoy the story line as well, but I just love to watch it for the pure visuals as well. It's spectacular.

There's also a film with Angeline Jolie, I can't remember anything about it except the setting is gorgeous. I think it's set in Venice.

3ChangingForNow · 28/10/2018 23:27

Home Alone for the house

HotSauceCommittee · 28/10/2018 23:28

Memoirs of a Geisha, a beautiful, visual film.

IWantMyHatBack · 28/10/2018 23:28


dontticklethetoad · 28/10/2018 23:29

The Beach and Being There.

TwoScottieDogs · 28/10/2018 23:29

The Talented Mr Ripley
Tea with Mussolini
Letters to Juliet
My House in Umbria
A Month by the Lake
Il Postino
Cinema Paradiso

Somewhat obsessed with Italy, so if anyone can recommend anymore must see films I'd be very grateful! 

LilMadAgain · 28/10/2018 23:30

Pride and Prejudice for the views, moreso the Keira Knightley version. The Titanic, I like seeing the contrast between the classes living areas.


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PurdysChocolate · 28/10/2018 23:38

Twilight. I'm from that part of the world and the setting makes me feel happy and nostalgic.

SisterOfDonFrancisco · 28/10/2018 23:38

Harry Potter sorcerer's stone definitely. I used to love monica and rachels flat. Hercule poirot for everything art deco. Pride and prejudice BBC adaptation.

HundredYearOldMan · 28/10/2018 23:40

Dirty Dancing

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