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Sunday September 23rd 2018

Kalifornia | 1993

Kalifornia location: the rocky landscape of the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, central California
Kalifornia location: the rocky landscape of the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, central California

Dominic Sena’s flashy thriller uses scuzzy landscapes around Atlanta, Georgia, and the Alabama Hills, above Lone Pine, central California.

The Alabama Hills, striking rock formations set against the dramatic backdrop of the snowcapped Sierra Nevada range, have featured in countless movies, often doubling for ‘India’ and the Himalayas in such films as King of the Khyber Rifles, Gunga Din and Lives of a Bengal Lancer, as well as Western landscapes for How the West Was Won and Joe Kidd.

An annual Lone Pine Film Festival celebrates the area's cinematic legacy, and even the place names reflect the importance of the movie industry. The track leading up to the most frequently used area is called Movie Road.

The desert café is the closed and boarded-up Ludlow Café, Ludlow on I-40, about 30 miles east of Newberry Springs (site of the Bagdad Cafe), in the southern California desert. More desert scenes were filmed further west on I-40 at Amboy.

The old ‘Bradbury Textile Warehouse’, the murder site supposedly in ‘Pittsburgh’, is actually Murrays Mill, 1200 Foster Street, Atlanta, previously the E Van Winkle Gin and Machine Works, and now a listed historical site.