CineMaths Paradise team visited “Fort Bravo Studios”.
Fort-Bravo/Texas-Hollywood are the biggest film studios of Western style in Europe. They are located in the desert of Tabernas, Almería. Because of the similarity of this area to Texas, a lot of movies have been recorded there, especially after 60s when the director Sergio Leone discovered it and started rolling his numerous successes.
The list of films shot in Tabernas is huge. We can stand out, for example, movies such as “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Cleopatra”, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Indiana Jones and the last crusade”, with star-actors like Clint Eastwood, Brigitte Bardot, Anthony Quinn, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Sean Connery, Raquel Welch, Orson Welles…
During our visit we can see different Western sets (a village, a Mexican town, a military fort…) and shows (gunfights, cancan dancing…). This will help us to imagine how the movies were recorded here.
We would like to point out that much of the movies shot there, even with Hollywood stars, were actually European or coproductions – mainly Italian -. For that reason this subgenre of movies was called “Spaghetti Western”.
Here you can find link to photos and videos of our visit:
ACTIVITY 1: MATHS IN THE WILD WEST
We hope you enjoy your visit. But mathematicians use to say that there is Maths everywhere, so you are asked to find them during the visit to “the wild West”. Think what things you can relate with Maths and write them in a piece of paper.
Some examples: angle of shot of a gun, probability of success shooting a guy…
In order to help you with this activity we are going to watch a short movie “3 minutes 14 seconds” which show us how Maths are in our everyday routine.
As a result of this search we have prepared a game with maths problems, you can see it here: