If you ever forget how stunningly beautiful our world is, rent The Fall. An epic fantasy, it was created by Indian director Tarsem Singh over the course of four years, in locations all over the globe.
The Fall tells of an injured stuntman recuperating in a hospital bed, who uses a fantastical tale to win the friendship of a little girl with a broken arm. Intriguing enough, but it's not what makes the movie.
Although The Fall doesn't fit into Been-Seen's Movie Atlas (it's not filmed on location), it's the locations which make it so striking. Those, and the incredible cinematography.
From a travel and design perspective, in many ways it's the perfect movie. Why? Because it incorporates amazing footage shot in over 20 countries, from India to France, Bali to Spain, Italy to Namibia and China. And it makes you want to travel like crazy.
The adventure jumps around from one breathtaking location to another. These include the Sossusvlei sand dunes in Namib-Naukluft National Park in Namibia, Charles Bridge in Prague, the First Statue of Liberty at Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, Sumatra Island (Indonesia), and Butterfly Reef in Fiji.
India features heavily: locations include the Taj Mahal, Andaman Islands, Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh, the labyrinth Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, Buland Darwaza in the palace complex of Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh, Jag Mandir, Magnetic Hill in Ladakh, Lamayuru in Ladakh, Chand Baori in Abhaneri village in Rajasthan, and the unbelievable blue city of Jodhpur in Rajastan.
Throughout the movie, you wonder whether these places are real (they are), how the filmmakers found them all, how they got permission to film at them, and how they pulled it all together.
More importantly, you wonder how you, the viewer, can go to all of them. Rent the movie and watch it twice. The second time make notes, then plan your four-year world tour. – Roshan McArthur