Roger Rabbit and the cinema in Ibiza

Roger Rabbit and the cinema in Ibiza

Incredible though it may seem, Roger Rabbit is Ibicenco. I bet most of you didn’t know this fact about the famous cartoon. According to Ibiza-born filmmaker Enrique Villalonga, Richard Williams, cartoonist and film director, who lived on the island in the 50s, got the inspiration for Roger Rabbit from a clown in a sideshow in Dalt Vila. This is only one of the many curiosities we learnt from Villalonga’s speech on the relationship between Ibiza and films in the twentieth century, which took place in Espacio Cultural Sa Nostra last Thursday. Interestingly enough, most of the productions that were filmed on the island were foreign films which never set foot on it.

Anybody knows which was the first film made in Ibiza? Ley del Mar (1959) by Miguel Iglesias. Its script is a free adaptation of the novel Los Muertos Mandan by Vicente Blasco Ibañez and it offers us the opportunity to get a glimpse of what La Marina and Sa Penya quarters, and Santa Eulària were like in the 1950s.

Ibiza’s hype started growing in the 1960s with the arrival of the first tourists. The cinema industry helped to build the myth of the ‘White Island’ around the world. Seemingly, the screening of the cult film More by Barbet Schröder triggered the first flight connection between Ibiza and Germany. Around the same time, the island welcomed the filming crew of one of the few productions starring the Spanish songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat, La Larga Agonia De Los Peces Fuera Del Agua, by Francisco Rovira Beleta. Unlike those two films, which exploited the hippie side of the island, other films set in Ibiza had 007-like espionage plots, Zarabanda Bing Bing by José María Forqué and 3S3 Agente Secreto by Sergio Sollima. Later in the 80s, two more action films were made on the island, Escuadrón by José Antonio de la Loma and the comedy The trouble with spies starring Donald Sutherland. We shouldn’t forget to mention that several erotic films have featured the island as their setting, but that would take up a whole volume.

One of the most critically acclaimed films set in Ibiza is F For Fake, written and directed by Orson Welles. In a documentary fashion, the film recounts the story of Elmyr de Hory, the famous art forger, who lived in Ibiza, and his biographer, Clifford Irving.

Long is the list of directors that have worked on the island. For one, Allan King, a renowned Canadian documentarist, filmed the comedy Running Away Backwards here. Some of its settings include La Marina, Portinatx or Es Figueral. Spanish filmmakers Antonio Bardem and Luís García Berlanga collaborated in the script of the unfinished Cerco de Ira, set in the Pityuses too. Manuel Summers, another Spanish director, visited the island to film twice. In the late 1960s first, to make ¿Por qué te engaña tu marido?. One of the scenes showed protagonist Allfredo Landa performing in Teatro Pereyra in all its glory. Later, in the 80, Summers made it back to the island to film Hombres G’s Sufre Mamón, in which the mythical Ku club appeared.

As for famous stars working in Ibiza, to name a few, Angela Lansbury, well-known for her role as detective Jessica Fletcher, starred in a TV film based on the novel The Shell Seekers. Also, a young Clive Owen worked in An Evening With Gary Lineker, a British TV production.

If you’d like to learn more about the relation between the island and films we recommend checking out the exhibition ‘50 anys de cinema a Eivissa. Mostra gràfica 1949-1999. Col·lecció: Enrique Villalonga’ , which is held in six different venues around the island. To know more, you can check the events calendar.

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Happy Tourist Day!

Yes, we have a tourist day in Ibiza! A day in which we thank you all for visiting us!

From tomorrow Thursday 15th September, Sant Josep’s City Council has organised some very interesting activities for this weekend for all of us to enjoy.

Check the programme: What’s On

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Ibiza town and its great spots

Ibiza town has so much to offer! Of course Dalt Vila will be the Top Place to visit. A nice walk to the Cathedral on the top will allow you to enjoy the great views from some of the Old Town’s Bastions. You can spend a day visiting its small, narrow, steep and stony streets in which you can find some of the most important museums regarding Ibicenco culture.

But we musn’t forget other parts in and around the city. You can discover some of these great places on a few long walks. The first one, leaving from Formentera harbour, will take you North-East towards Talamanca or Botafoch’s Lighthouse. And the second one, from ‘Vara de Rey’, will take you South-West, all the way to Playa d’en Bossa.

Check out our Eivissa sections to learn more about it

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Our Top Places

Our Top Places

We have put together a top list of places to visit in Ibiza.

So while you are, either preparing your trip or on the island, it makes it easier for you to decide where and what to see.

From unique viewing points to art & history museums

From caves and pirate towers to Fenician or Roman-Punic settlements

From Ibiza’s white villages to it’s well known old town World Heritage

From it’s clear water beaches with some of the best sunsets to it’s natural park Ses Salines

Discover Ibiza with Us

The Beaches: Ibiza is surrounded by lovely long beaches and wonderful coves
The Nature: Salinas’ Natural Park where you can spot the flamingos as you walk through its salt flats
The Culture: Discover the real ibicenco life style & Ibiza’s UNESCO Old Town
The Food: Traditional ibicenco and Spanish food
The weather: From the sunny/rainy winters to the hot summers
The Things To Do: Discover how much there is to do in the island
The Sunsets & Sunrises: Ibiza’s are the most impressive and colorful ones you will ever see.

Discover Ibiza – To Visit Ibiza
Here are To Visit Ibiza’s top ten things to see and do while visiting the island, in no particular order… Its Beaches: Ibiza is surrounded by great long famous beaches but also has the most amazing, almost private, “calas” (coves) scattered

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The Gates to Heaven – By Ibiland (Entonces Ibiza) For Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena

The Gates to Heaven – By Ibiland (Entonces Ibiza) For Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena

The Gates to Heaven are located on the North-West coast of Ibiza, where you can experience one of many ibicenco sunsets.

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