Postcard from... Madrid


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The Independent Online

If Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name” shouldered his poncho, lit up a cigar and squinted into the distance today, he would be able to see the sun glinting off the Cuatro Torres skyscrapers in northern Madrid.

Parts of Sergio Leone’s famous Dollars Trilogy were filmed just 30 minutes outside the Spanish capital, around the towns of Hoyo de Manzanares and Colmenar Viejo.

A handful of signs erected by the local council detail in Colmenar links with Hollywood and films such as El Cid, Spartacus and a whole range of westerns, but it is hard to find what little remains of the movie sets.

Outside the high-wire fencing of a military helicopter base, a tumbledown pile of red bricks and foundations is partly circled with a picket fence, with a ranch-style sign above the entrance saying White Rocks – the town Eastwood entered at the beginning of ‘For a Few Dollars More’.

These are the most visible remains of a cowboy town movie set, nicknamed Mitxelena after one of the original set designers, which was built in Dehesa de Navalvillar, outside Colmenar Viejo. Another sign says around 115 westerns were filmed there between 1958 and 1973.