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Bob from L.A. !

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Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
I recently read another posting on this site regarding how the movie "The Way" from many years ago triggered such an influx of peregrinos to go to Spain and walk the various Caminos when I came across the following information.

I just read online in "The Hollywood Reporter" that filming is due to start in the next few weeks in northern Spain. According to the media report the story line focus' on a group on teenagers who are walking a camino and suddenly disappear. The story will be told from a "found footage" technique, with images from the trekkers cell phone which is discovered after they go missing.
The media groups who are collaborating on the project are a combined group from both Spain and France with media offices in 60 countries in 4 continents.
I wonder what this might do to the current camino population ???????
 

nycwalking

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Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
I recently read another posting on this site regarding how the movie "The Way" from many years ago triggered such an influx of peregrinos to go to Spain and walk the various Caminos when I came across the following information.

I just read online in "The Hollywood Reporter" that filming is due to start in the next few weeks in northern Spain. According to the media report the story line focus' on a group on teenagers who are walking a camino and suddenly disappear. The story will be told from a "found footage" technique, with images from the trekkers cell phone which is discovered after they go missing.
The media groups who are collaborating on the project are a combined group from both Spain and France with media offices in 60 countries in 4 continents.
I wonder what this might do to the current camino population ???????
“Goodbye yellow brick road”.
 

C clearly

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Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
Just a clarification (not that it matters)... While hollywoodreporter.com reported the production of this movie, it does not seem to be a "Hollywood" movie. It is being produced by Mediapro, which is a Spanish company. The article says that "the ancient Camino de Santiago route... each year attracts tens of thousands of hikers ." Haha! We know better.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
I am not a great fan of horror movies anyway. But is the idea of using the Camino for a rehash of The Blair Witch Project any more or less appropriate than using it as the backdrop for a remake of The Wizard of Oz?
 

Kathar1na

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Camino(s) past & future
Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
Is nothing sacred?
What do you mean? Robbers, hanging, wild animals attacking you, ferrymen trying to drown you, homicide in the Cathedral, meigas (witches) ... isn't that all part and parcel of the background of the centuries old story of making pilgrimage to Santiago?

I'm sometimes looking for articles in Google News to practice my Spanish and recently a story came up about a mythical figure that was described by an Armenian bishop on pilgrimage around 1490 or so. The name of the creature is Vákner, and they are apparently reviving it in the Galician town of Dumbría on the way to Finisterre. Not sure what the creature was supposed to look like, the article compares it to Lobisome which is a Galician version of the werewolf, or the Nordic Fáfnir, a giant in guise of a dragon. The esteemed Antón Pombo is quoted as saying that recuperating this figure is a good thing «para valorizar nuestro patrimonio inmaterial caminero» - to enhance the value of our immaterial Camino patrimony.

Telling horror stories about things happening on the way to Santiago seems to be a really old tradition, why not continue it ... 🤔.
 
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Kathar1na

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Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
BTW, interesting to see that the story made it to Hollywood but by the sound of it in other sources, this is a production for the Spanish market or the Spanish language market and like other Spanish Camino productions before, it may never make it into the English language market and most of us may never see it.
 

t2andreo

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C/M: 2016
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No chance of those teenagers in the movie going missing after Sarria! Someone's gonna see the perps kidnapping them for sure! However, if aliens were the perps, well, that's another story - and movie! ;):eek:
Cheers from Oz -
Jenny
You are assuming a kidnapping. I have not read that. Perhaps it is kids taking a wrong turn and stumbling on something wondrous and mysterious... Just sayin...
 

JudyJane

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2017 May or August
Only strange people could come up with a way to disrespect the Camino de Santiago.
 
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Camino Frances and Invierno (2019)
Camino Frances (2021)
Just arrived home from the French. We met a lot if People from Asia. Some of them told that there have been a tv-show about the Camino so now they all wants to walk it 🙄🙄
Any way there were so many pilgrims that almost every body booked ahead 3-4 days. I was very sad, think it’s not the same as just 2 years ago.
And if another movie comes? What will happen then?
Have to find another route without so many “pilgrims”

buen Camino to everybody 👣🎒😎
 

t2andreo

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OTOH, if the disappearance IS something bad, violent, or dark, THAT could help attenuate the future numbers a bit... Unfortunately, it could also give the region a bad reputation.

Stuff happens, and popular culture, including a fictional film, is sometimes taken for fact. There are a lot of ignorant people out there who see something on the screen or computer monitor and presume it MUST be true. Does anyone under 40 even read classic books any more?

Just as "The Way" and other books and films have promoted the Camino in a positive manner, and increased volumes in the past decade or so, so too could a negative film, story or book, serve to reverse that trend. I do not wish for anything bad to happen to anyone, even if portrayed artificially on film.

As much as we all complain about crowding on the Camino, I am certain we would all hate it if some bad rumor story, or film, cause this important historical asset to be rejected.

I strongly disavow violence against humans and animals, even if portrayed fictionally on screen. During my career I saw enough of the evil that man can do. I continue to hold that these depictions serve to desensitize the gullible and naive and only serve to lure those with low integrity, low esteem and undeveloped value systems to commit atrocities against other persons and animals.

For that reason, I maintain that any film depicting anything nefarious, violent or dark along OUR CAMINO (absent historical context), is a net bad thing. I am NOT talking about censorship. I AM referring to being responsible, and eschewing a quick profit for the betterment of mankind.

IMHO, this falls into the category of something that, "...just because you CAN do something, does not necessarily mean you SHOULD do it..."

This all said, how about a Camino-themed remake of the 1954 movie starring Gene Kelly: Brigadoon, or the even older 1949 film starring Bing Crosby: "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court..." where the protagonist group of pilgrims stumbles into a time-warp or fracture in time, and are conveyed temporarily into a parallel medieval society of around 1150 to 1350 AD (+/-), along the Camino...? Now I COULD get behind that idea...

Instead of making a film about the contemporary Camino, how about something like this? It has the elements of alternative reality, fantasy and science fiction that so many crave. It has history. It has romance, or at least lust or even debauchery that many are attracted to. It has adventure... Knights Templar, ladies and lords, peasants and prophets...and all that... HEY, let's make a movie. Hmmm?

Hope this helps the dialog.
 
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Just arrived home from the French. We met a lot if People from Asia. Some of them told that there have been a tv-show about the Camino so now they all wants to walk it 🙄🙄
Any way there were so many pilgrims that almost every body booked ahead 3-4 days. I was very sad, think it’s not the same as just 2 years ago.
And if another movie comes? What will happen then?
Have to find another route without so many “pilgrims”

buen Camino to everybody 👣🎒😎
Try the Oviedo before it gets too busy
Or maybe the San Salvador...great Caminos...even though the Salvidor apparently is getting quiet busy...
Hurry up and get going!!
Best wishes
Annette
 

Kathar1na

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Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
Instead of making a film about the contemporary Camino, how about something like this? It has the elements of alternative reality, fantasy and science fiction that so many crave. It has history. It has romance, or at least lust or even debauchery that many are attracted to. It has adventure... Knights Templar, ladies and lords, peasants and prophets...and all that... HEY, let's make a movie. Hmmm?
Sounds like you have never heard of Die Pilgerin, a two-part television movie made for and shown on a major German TV channel in 2014 or so. 14th century, young woman on adventurous pilgrimage to Santiago. I've not seen it, just read about it, I imagine something along the lines of The Pillar of the Earth ... as I said, this new Spanish production may never make it onto the global stage ... the majority of local/national TV productions never do.
 
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Camino Francis SJPP April 2016,
August 2017, May 2018
Camino Portuguese
2019, May Porto, Sept Lisbo
Just arrived home from the French. We met a lot if People from Asia. Some of them told that there have been a tv-show about the Camino so now they all wants to walk it 🙄🙄
Any way there were so many pilgrims that almost every body booked ahead 3-4 days. I was very sad, think it’s not the same as just 2 years ago.
And if another movie comes? What will happen then?
Have to find another route without so many “pilgrims”

buen Camino to everybody 👣🎒😎
Hi Mette,
How ridicules to create fear for teenagers / parents which could be an uplifting "right of passage" story.
That Asian country is South Korea...they filmed a game show on the french way last year.....and there were heaps of Koreans last May / June having a great time on the Francis.
Do the Portugese from Lisbon..( i walked into Porto today.)...I hardly saw anyone during the day, .but for about 3/4 nights overall there were no restaurants open in the towns...eg last night 8 pilgrims staying at the Grijo Albergue went to bed without dinner. There was even a bar next door that offered sandwiches/ cheese & luncheon ham.
Hmmmm I can't really recommend this Camino as the infrastructure doesn't seem to cater for the few that do it. I'm told it's a bed race from Porto at the moment.....going the central....guess I'll do the coastal...on Saturday.
Love
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
You are assuming a kidnapping. I have not read that. Perhaps it is kids taking a wrong turn and stumbling on something wondrous and mysterious... Just sayin...
But will Scooby be allowed to stay in refugios? I've no doubt Velma and Daphne will manage well enough but what chance Shaggy will even make it over the Pyrenees?
 

Kathar1na

Member
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Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
People, for what kind of target audience are you writing your scripts 😂? Spain's Orange TV promises an "adrenaline-packed, gender-based series" and you will need a subscription to Orange TV and a fast internet connection to watch it.
 
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Yikes 😳

Is nothing sacred?

There’s a wee fantasy just taking shape in my head ... it involves digging out some old greasepaint and some bizarre old costumes, driving around the CF until I find them, and floating around, almost out of sight, in the early dawn light or at dusk ....
Or dressing as clowns and coming out of the trees now and then . . .
 

Kathar1na

Member
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Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
Which ones? I’ve created much mirth in France, attempting literal translations of English idioms ...
Is nothing sacred in other languages:
  • German: Ist nichts mehr heilig?
  • Dutch: Is er dan niets meer heilig?
  • French: No idea but Plus rien n’est sacré seems to be comprehensible since it turns up in this sense in news articles in major French media ...
  • Spanish: same as French, no idea but no hay nada sagrado turns up in this sense
 
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LaFlorida

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF May-June 2018
How about one where a pilgrim family stays in a village and the son spurns the advances of a local girl? Then she accuses him of theft and he is hanged, then later found to be still hanging, but alive, by his family. Then the local magistrate laughs at them in disbelief and his chicken dinner comes to life on the plate!
Or would that scare away too many pilgrims with sons?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2005,2008,2010,2015.camino Portuguese 2007 .primativo2012.camino Norte 2009.sjpdp to finisterre and muxia 2007. Le Puy to jpdp 2006. Via francigena vercelli to Lucca 2014. Lucca to Rome 2016.
It wasn't when I walked it in June! I saw just a few other pilgrims in my five days.
Lucky you Trecile

Actually I was referring to the thread "phoning ahead on the Salvidor" ....post no 3
.........an article in a Spanish newspaper re increasing numbers and bed shortages on the San Salvidor....and so far this year to September...over 2000 pilgrims
So......definitely getting busier!!!!
 

Texas Walker

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Norte (2017 summer)
Portugues (2015)
Frances (2014)
Hi Mette,
How ridicules to create fear for teenagers / parents which could be an uplifting "right of passage" story.
That Asian country is South Korea...they filmed a game show on the french way last year.....and there were heaps of Koreans last May / June having a great time on the Francis.
Do the Portugese from Lisbon..( i walked into Porto today.)...I hardly saw anyone during the day, .but for about 3/4 nights overall there were no restaurants open in the towns...eg last night 8 pilgrims staying at the Grijo Albergue went to bed without dinner. There was even a bar next door that offered sandwiches/ cheese & luncheon ham.
Hmmmm I can't really recommend this Camino as the infrastructure doesn't seem to cater for the few that do it. I'm told it's a bed race from Porto at the moment.....going the central....guess I'll do the coastal...on Saturday.
Love
The bar next door is said to have good food. And if sandwiches and vino tinto are on offer, it's dinner. Be grateful for the blessings as they come.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
How about one where a pilgrim family stays in a village and the son spurns the advances of a local girl? Then she accuses him of theft and he is hanged, then later found to be still hanging, but alive, by his family. Then the local magistrate laughs at them in disbelief and his chicken dinner comes to life on the plate!
Or would that scare away too many pilgrims with sons?
Sorry, too far fetched - who is going to believe that!
 

BPG2017

Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2017
This all said, how about a Camino-themed remake of the 1954 movie starring Gene Kelly: Brigadoon, or the even older 1949 film starring Bing Crosby: "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court..." where the protagonist group of pilgrims stumbles into a time-warp or fracture in time, and are conveyed temporarily into a parallel medieval society of around 1150 to 1350 AD (+/-), along the Camino...? Now I COULD get behind that idea...

Instead of making a film about the contemporary Camino, how about something like this? It has the elements of alternative reality, fantasy and science fiction that so many crave. It has history. It has romance, or at least lust or even debauchery that many are attracted to. It has adventure... Knights Templar, ladies and lords, peasants and prophets...and all that... HEY, let's make a movie. Hmmm?

Hope this helps the dialog.
[/QUOTE]


YES YES YES! What a marvellous idea! Please spread it around, everybody, let it reach a GOOD screenwriter in search of material!
 

Lucy Keenan

Active Member
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Northern Route - 2016
Santiago to Finestiere and Muxia - 2017
Frances Route - May 2018
Camino Ingles
Hi Mette,
How ridicules to create fear for teenagers / parents which could be an uplifting "right of passage" story.
That Asian country is South Korea...they filmed a game show on the french way last year.....and there were heaps of Koreans last May / June having a great time on the Francis.
Do the Portugese from Lisbon..( i walked into Porto today.)...I hardly saw anyone during the day, .but for about 3/4 nights overall there were no restaurants open in the towns...eg last night 8 pilgrims staying at the Grijo Albergue went to bed without dinner. There was even a bar next door that offered sandwiches/ cheese & luncheon ham.
Hmmmm I can't really recommend this Camino as the infrastructure doesn't seem to cater for the few that do it. I'm told it's a bed race from Porto at the moment.....going the central....guess I'll do the coastal...on Saturday.
Love
I was certainly busier from Porto a month ago and then when you get to Redondela very busy especially if you want to stay in the municiples, but there are lots of other places to stay.
 

Glamgrrl

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Travel318
When you are a pilgrim on the Camino or having just finished a camino discussing the crowds...you are part of the crowds. It’s important to remember that anyone deserves a chance to share this incredible experience. Lamenting how much it’s changed from a couple years ago when you walked in the busiest month astounds me. i guess it’s ok for us to walk the Camino...but not others?
 

Lucy Keenan

Active Member
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Northern Route - 2016
Santiago to Finestiere and Muxia - 2017
Frances Route - May 2018
Camino Ingles
Excuse me, I was saying it was busy. I was not lamenting how much it has changed.
Perhaps you are not responding to my post.
Your tone is somewhat rude and implying I said something I did not.
 

Glamgrrl

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Travel318
@Lucy Keenan definitely did not reply to your post - you posted a nice comment about it being busy but also noted plenty of places to stay. I'm more lamenting the thought that "I can do it but don't let others know about it" I will walk the Camino again, there will be other pilgrims, and it will a great walk. But I also acknowledge that when I go, I am part of the "crowd"
 

Bogong

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
First, March 2014
I recently read another posting on this site regarding how the movie "The Way" from many years ago triggered such an influx of peregrinos to go to Spain and walk the various Caminos when I came across the following information.

I just read online in "The Hollywood Reporter" that filming is due to start in the next few weeks in northern Spain. According to the media report the story line focus' on a group on teenagers who are walking a camino and suddenly disappear. The story will be told from a "found footage" technique, with images from the trekkers cell phone which is discovered after they go missing.
The media groups who are collaborating on the project are a combined group from both Spain and France with media offices in 60 countries in 4 continents.
I wonder what this might do to the current camino population ???????

At least it’s a variation in the well-worn theme!

Seeing “Camino Skies” recently it struck me I could write a synopsis for most of the past movies. Someone faces a personal or family crisis, or mid-life one, decides to walk the Camino to discover themselves/ find an answer, meets up by design or happenstance with a few others seeking the same answers, and off they go. They face physical and emotional challenges, it becomes a feat of endurance, they persist despite their pain, doubts etc and eventually make it. There they find an “answer/enlightenment” but it’s seldom what they were looking for.

When I walked, I met a German pilgrim near Sarria. Around the same age as me( ie around 70).He was still suffering the trauma and horror of walking from Sarria in the
summer holiday season a year or so before. He said there were scores of Spanish people, incredible noise and partying 24 hours a day. A ceaseless Bacchanalian orgy. He was propositioned repeatedly by girls young enough to be his grand-daughters.

I wonder whether a film should be made of this?

De Colores (waving limply)

Bogongu
 

t2andreo

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This all said, how about a Camino-themed remake of the 1954 movie starring Gene Kelly: Brigadoon, or the even older 1949 film starring Bing Crosby: "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court..." where the protagonist group of pilgrims stumbles into a time-warp or fracture in time, and are conveyed temporarily into a parallel medieval society of around 1150 to 1350 AD (+/-), along the Camino...? Now I COULD get behind that idea...

Instead of making a film about the contemporary Camino, how about something like this? It has the elements of alternative reality, fantasy and science fiction that so many crave. It has history. It has romance, or at least lust or even debauchery that many are attracted to. It has adventure... Knights Templar, ladies and lords, peasants and prophets...and all that... HEY, let's make a movie. Hmmm?

Hope this helps the dialog.
YES YES YES! What a marvellous idea! Please spread it around, everybody, let it reach a GOOD screenwriter in search of material!
[/QUOTE]

Can I have screen credit for the concept...?
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Instead of making a film about the contemporary Camino, how about something like this? It has the elements of alternative reality, fantasy and science fiction that so many crave. It has history. It has romance, or at least lust or even debauchery that many are attracted to. It has adventure... Knights Templar, ladies and lords, peasants and prophets...and all that... HEY, let's make a movie. Hmmm?
A similar 1000 page book has already been written and made into a television mini series..."The Pillars of the Earth". It leaves out sci fi though. I'd like to see it made into an epic movie!
 

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