Western Burgos Route
The province of Burgos, thanks to its different landscapes, has also served as a location for the western genre.
There have been four projects carried out in the province since the Italian director Giovanni Grimaldi chose the winery area of the riverside town of Milagros to recreate a Mexican town in 1965.
The province of Burgos, thanks to its different landscapes, has also served as a location for the western genre. Four have been the projects carried out in the province, Term to die, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Las Petroleras and El Coyote, being Sergio Leone’s film, the one that has had the greatest international success.
Plazo para morir
In 1965, the Italian and Spanish co-production team traveled from Madrid to the riverside town of Milagros, near Aranda de Duero, to recreate the Mexican town of Casas Grandes. In these first sequences you can see the area of wineries that are located a few meters from the city center as well as the hermitage of Valdeherreros located in the Riaza river valley.
In some of the plans, the residents of the town collaborated, who were hired as extras to give life to the Mexicans themselves.
The good, the bad and the ugly
A year after filming in Milagros, another Italian named Sergio Leone travels to Burgos with the intention of recreating the landscapes of New Mexico and Arizona for what will be the third part of a trilogy starring Clint Eastwood. This time, the chosen area is the Arlanza Valley and it will be there where the sequences of the Betterville Concentration Camp (Carazo), the interiors of the San Antonio Mission (Monasterio De San Pedro de Arlanza), the battle of the Puente Langstone (Arlanza River) and the final scene of the Sad Hill Cemetery (Santo Domingo de Silos).
The Legend of Frenchie King
The success of the western genre of the 60s and 70s causes two of the most important actresses of the time, Claudia Cardinale and Briggite Bardot, to become the protagonists of a French comedy set in the West. The Legend of Frenchie King began filming in June 1971 in Colmenar Viejo under the direction of director Guy Casaril, but a few days later it moved to the Rabanera del Pinar area, already with Christian-Jaque as director, to shoot the railway sequences in the Santander-Mediterranean line.
The last western project shot in the province was the triptych about Coyote, the masked hero created in the 1940s by José Mallorquí and brought to the screen for the first time by Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent in 1955.
The triptych directed by Mario Camus in 1998 and with a script by Cesar Mallorquí was made up of a movie for the big screen (The return of El Coyote) and two episodes for television (El tribunal de El Coyote and Don César de Echágue) that were shot at the same time in the places of the Ebro Canyon, Pesquera del Ebro, Santa Gadea del Cid and Orbaneja del Castillo.