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#13 - Mar. 2011

Lights, Camera, Action
LAKE MOVIE LOCATIONS

In Lakelubbers' last newsletter we explored the World's Most Beautiful Lakes. This month its ... Lights, Camera, Action: Lake Movie Locations! How many of you Lakelubbers pay attention to filming locations at the end of a movie's credits? Film location scouting begins very early in a movie's creation, bringing to life the visions of the movie's writers, directors, and producers. In this newsletter we highlight spectacular movie locations filmed on lakes around the world, including Lakelubbers' home: Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. Follow each lake link for photos!

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1 - Fuschlsee (Fuschl Lake), Austria

2 - Lake Como, Italy

3 - Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

4 - Lake Lure, North Carolina

5 - Lake Powell, Arizona and Utah

6 - Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

7 - Loch Shiel, Scotland

8 - Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee and Kentucky

9 - Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

10 - Lake Lovers Love Lakelubbers

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1 - Fuschlsee (Fuschl Lake), Austria

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Fuschlsee (Fuschl Lake), AustriaThe opening aerial shots of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music (1965) provide panoramic views of Austria's famous Salzkammergut Lake District, including the magnificent Fuschl Castle on Fuschlsee (see=lake). Although it spans just 657 acres, glacial Fuschl Lake is a popular sightseeing gem dotted with charming villages, beautiful summer swimming beaches, and scenic winter mountain trails. Located in Salzburg Province about 20 miles east of the city of Salzburg, Fuschlsee exudes the essence of Austria. The region is filled with "The Sound of Music" scenes, castle ruins, "holler alms" (mountain hut restaurants) and countless hiking trails all awaiting your discovery. A well-marked path circles the lake's shoreline, inviting visitors to hike through historic villages, take a refreshing dip, picnic in a mountain meadow, or stop for a meal at a lakeshore restaurant.

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2 - Lake Como, Italy

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Moviemakers have showcased the beauty of Lake Como, known locally as Lago di Como, for decades. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) visited the area to film several scenes from Naboo, an idyllic and beautiful planet and site of the clandestine marriage ceremony between Annakin Skywalker and Padme. James Bond hunted down bad guys in Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008) at various locations around Lake Como, and Danny Ocean (Ocean's Twelve, 2004) encountered his rival thief at a lakeside villa. Lake Como also played prominent roles in A Month by the Lake (1995), Haunted Summer (1988), and The Luzhin Defence (2000). Covering more than 36,000 acres, Lake Como offers breathtaking scenery mixed with art, architecture, culture, and history.

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3 - Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

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Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

Glacial Lake Wakatipu on the South Island of New Zealand is fuel for myths, a backdrop for Hollywood movies, and a destination for adventure seekers. The depths of Lake Wakatipu reach below sea level, where native people (Maori) believe a giant's heart beats. Its waters were the setting for the movie The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007). The mountains that rim the lake provided the scenery for the movie Vertical Limit (2000), and just like in the film, cliff climbers scale the mountains in search of the ultimate thrill. Lake Wakatipu is perhaps most famous for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the perfect "Middle Earth" filmed entirely in New Zealand. Locations around the lake provided the scenery for Lothlorien, Gladden Fields, Amon Hen, and Misty Mountains sequences. The refurbished steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, provides tours of this 72,000-acre lake.

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4 - Lake Lure, North Carolina

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Although small in size with just 720 surface acres, Lake Lure's picturesque setting at the base of western North Carolina's mountains has beckoned movie crews since the 1950s. National Geographic once named Lake Lure one of the 10 most beautiful man-made lakes in the world. Panoramic views over Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge from Chimney Rock State Park extend 75 miles on clear days. Although the movie Dirty Dancing was supposed to take place in the Catskills of New York, most lake and interior scenes for this 1987 romantic classic were filmed at Lake Lure (other parts were filmed at tiny Mountain Lake, Virginia.) Lake Lure hosted other movie crews, including Thunder Road (1954), Firestarter (1984), A Breed Apart (1984), Last of the Mohicans (1992), and My Fellow Americans (1996). So, whether your preference is speed boat, pontoon boat, canoe or kayak, make sure to spend some time cruising scenic Lake Lure.

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5 - Lake Powell, Arizona and Utah

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Lake Powell, Arizona and Utah

Lake Powell, straddling the Arizona/Utah border, gets the prize in this newsletter as hosting the most movie crews (more than 30) during five decades, testimony to the surreal beauty of this red-rock desert area. Dams built along the meandering Colorado River created magnificent lakes, with Horseshoe Bend - downstream of Lake Powell - the most stunning meander of all. Among the most famous movies filmed at Lake Powell include The Greatest Story Ever Told (1962), Planet of the Apes (1968 and the 2001 remake), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Superman III (1983), Maverick (1993), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), and The Hulk (2003). John Carter of Mars, a Disney-Pixar adventure epic, filmed at Lake Powell in 2010 and is scheduled for release in 2012. Come for a visit and discover for yourself the allure of Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Recreation Area.

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6 - Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

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Tucked into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and straddling the California-Nevada state line, 122,000-acre Lake Tahoe inspires with its beauty and entertains with its aquatic diversity. Movies filmed at this quintessential four-season destination date back to the 1930s. Rose-Marie (aka Indian Love Call), the 1936 movie starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, filmed at pre-tourist Lake Tahoe which doubled for the Canadian Rockies. Perhaps the most famous movie filmed at Lake Tahoe is The Godfather: Part II (1974). Other past box office hits include Out of the Past (1947), A Place in the Sun (1951), and The American President (1995). The Bodyguard (1992) was filmed at nearby Fallen Leaf Lake, often mistaken as Lake Tahoe. And worth mentioning here is Bonanza, the long-running television series, that was filmed on location at North Lake Tahoe near Incline Village, Nevada.

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7 - Loch Shiel, Scotland

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Loch Shiel, Scotland

Surrounded by one of the few remaining areas of true wilderness in Scotland, the picturesque scenery around Scotland's Loch Shiel has been an inspiration to many over the centuries. The area is a remote and unspoiled part of the Scottish Highlands, creating the ideal setting for fantastical imaginings. All witches and warlocks will recognize the scenery for the magical Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire), which in real life is the Jacobite steam train that crosses over the famous 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct and offers spectacular views of Loch Shiel. The boat scenes in Highlander, the 1986 fantasy movie that spawned four sequels, were filmed on Loch Shiel near Glenfinnan Monument. Perhaps 4.942-acre Loch Shiel is as immortal as Connor MacLeod, the movie's immortal Highlander.

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8 - Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee and Kentucky

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Reelfoot Lake is young in geological terms; it was formed during the earthquakes of 1811-12. Water from the Mississippi River flowed into the newly-formed land, creating Reelfoot Lake, named after a legendary Chickasaw chieftain. Today, at approximately 10,400 acres, Reelfoot Lake is the largest natural lake in Tennessee. Bald cypress trees, standing as sentries around the lake's perimeter, exude an eerily beautiful quality captured on film. Scenes from two movies starring Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones, U.S. Marshals (1998) and The River Rat (1984), were filmed at Reelfoot Lake. The swamp-like scenes in Raintree Country, the 1957 romantic epic starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, were also filmed at Reelfoot Lake. Another Oscar winner, In the Heat of the Night (1967) filmed scenes in the lake's lily pad-covered waters. A canoe or kayak is the best way to retrace the footsteps of these famous movies.

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9 - Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

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Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

Cascading waterfalls and tucked-away caves surrounded by lush green forests - the Plitvice Lakes are a wonder to behold. The Plitvice chain includes 20 lakes ranging in elevation from 636 meters (2,087 feet) to 503 meters (1,650) above sea level. Natural travertine dams separate the lakes and create a series of cascading waterfalls. The Plitvice Lakes are renowned for their changeable colors, including azure blue, aquamarine, and green. Today the lakes are contained within the Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of Croatia's most popular tourist attractions. The national park was added to UNESCO'S World Heritage list in 1979 due to its intense beauty. Visitors soak in the beauty of the area on walking trails, by boat tour, or by tourist train.

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