Monday, 21 June 2010

Edinburgh - City of dreams

Edinburgh's been well-served by the cinema industry over the years, with appearances in black and white films like the arthouse-y Bill Douglas trilogy , the popular Greyfriars Bobby - the True Story Of a Dog and newer stuff like A Woman In Winter and of course the all-time classic Trainspotting.

Another film depiction of Scotland's capital city arrived on the silver screen last week with the premier of Sylvain Chomet's new feature, "The Illusionist", a Jacques tati-scripted animation about a peripatetic prestidigitator and his Scottish travels.

By all accounts (I haven't seen it myself yet) The Illusionist is a jawdroppingly beautiful film. Chomet was apparently in love with Edinburgh's ever-changing sky, and decided to move the script's action from another European setting, to Edinburgh.

Judging by the film's reception so far, it's likely that it will further enhance Edinburgh's reputation for being one of the world's most attractive cities. I'll definitely be going along for a look anyway. Since I don't live in Edinburgh, it's good to visit it by watching films, although I will undoubtedly be getting an Edinburgh hotel room sorted out for the Festival Fringe, which is a yearly trip for me. The event sems to grow each year, from the slightly anarchic days of the 1980s to the well-oiled, slick machine it's now become.

Princes St, Edinburgh (facing west)


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