April 9, 2020
While we are living in a new reality now, staying home and taking pictures of the outside from our windows, let us remember a number of movies filmed in Vienna. Watching them on long spring evenings will bring you some nostalgic moments of visiting this beautiful city. Or a desire to visit Vienna when the lockdown is over.
James Bond – The Living Daylights
This movie was released in 1987 and is the fifteens in the series about James Bond. It features Timothy Dalton as James Bond, Maryam d’Abo as Bond’s love interest, and Vienna as a place where a lot of scenes were shot.
The beginning of the movie features Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. But in reality all the Bratislavan sequences were shot in Vienna, including Volksoper (People Opera House if translated) and Sofiensäle. By the way, the shots of Sofiensäle back in 1986-1987 bore a certain historical record, since the building burnt down in 2001. It was of course rebuilt but the movie shots remember the building in its authentic way.
Among other locations of the film you will see Gersthof, Prater (Vienna amusement park) and even Schönbrunn Palace (final scenes).
The biographical movie was filmed in 2006 and tells about the life of the world-known Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. John Malkovich played the main role. In the movie you will see Vienna at the end of the 19th century. The life story of Klimt is presented in an unusual way in the series of different episodes from his life.
Woman in Gold
The movie is a drama based on a true story of Maria Altmann, the niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer who had a court dispute with the government of Austria over the famous painting of Gustav Klimt. The movie released in 2015 stars quite a number of well-known actors – Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Daniel Bruhl. When watching the movie you will see Vienna and its sights in numerous scenes since a big part of filming took place in Vienna.
Among filming locations are: Rathaus, the Academy of Fine Arts, Konzerthaus, State Opera House, Belvedere.
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
The movie released in 2015 is an American action film with Tom Cruise in the main role. Some big movie scenes were shot in Vienna and while watching the movie you will see many Vienna locations that you will recognize at once. Among them – Vienna State Opera, the view of the city at night, Stephansdom cathedral, Vienna U-Bahn (station Schottenring).
Vienna State Opera even hosted the world’s premiere of the movie! And Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the music for this movie. So many connections with Vienna – the movie is worth watching!
These few movies may shorten your evening or night on the weekend while the borders of most countries now are shut down. They will not only remind you of Vienna but they will definitely make you wish to visit Vienna as soon as it is possible in this new reality.