We have deal with the question in this forum "Which movies have inspired you to visit the location filmed," but not this question. I suspect the list is very short, starting of course with "The Beach."
But I have just finished watching "The Way" with Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez. Brief synopsis: a father receives news that his son has died as a result of an accident on the first day of his pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. We goes to retreive the body, but then decides to finish the 800 km walk with the ashes of his son. I won't go into any more detail so as not to ruin the story. I found it a profoundly good movie that I believe that fellow travelboggers would particularly enjoy. I have to questions:
1) for those who have walked the pilgrims way, did this movie capture the essence of the walk?
2) Can fellow travelbloggers name other movies that describe a traveler's journey?
There is a few scenes out of The Honeymoon I can relate too!
My pick is not a movie but a reality TV show Amazing Race...I get so many quick glimpses of a place or region and then add it to my must see list.
I know fellow Travel Bloggers don't get a million dollars at the end of our journeys but all the crazy obstacles they have to overcome with language barriers, transportation issues and eating crazy foods we all can relate to that.
Cindy, I will have to take a look at the Honeymoon...but didn't see it listed on Amazon. Can you tell me who stars in it? When looking, I did find "Just Married,: a comedy about a honeymoon in Europe.
Elyse and Pete, Our family are also fans of The Amazing Race. Last nights episode was in Salta and Buenos Aires. I read so much of those places on travelblog and of the Argentinian buses it was great to see. In fact, my daughter Rosanna and her fiance Evan have applied to be in the race. She wanted to race with me, except that I don't think I could do some of the more physically strenuous Road Blocks.
After posting my questions, I thought I might be inundated with movies such as National Lampoon's European Vacation, Eurotrip, and Hangover II: definitely not what I was looking for as far as being inspirational about the traveler's life. "Before Sunrise" (two backpackers meet on a train and spend thefew hours in Vienna getting to know each other) is more along the lines of what I had in mind.
One of my favorites happens to be a chick flick, so maybe not your thing, but loved "Letters to Juliet" especially the wonderful Venessa Redgrave, Franco Nero and Gael Garcia Bernal. This movie for me encompasses everything good about travel. Food, beautiful landscapes, romance and eccentric characters.
I also loved A Year in Provence, a wonderful book by Peter Mayle that was turned into a terrible movie, so read the book if you can. Also another great book was Playing for Pizza by John Grisham.
Dea, Now that you brought up "Letters to Juliet," I guess "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Eat, Pray, Love" could fit into that category; all of which I enjoyed. I haven't seen "A Year in Provence" so will look for it.
I'm looking forward to your blogs about yoru trip across China.