1. Orson Welles and Cardona Castle
Orson Welles was completely enamored with Spain, and whenever he could he left the United States and came to work here. And in 1964 he was developing a major project: a film he was going to call 'Chimes at Midnight', inspired by the play 'Henry IV Part 1' by William Shakespeare, for which he needed a castle as a backdrop for much of the action. He could have chosen an English castle and from a more modern era—the play is set in the 15th century—, but Cardona Castle won him over immediately, and he decided to move the shoot there. And that’s how one of the jewels of Catalan Romanesque art was immortalized in his film.
This is where the actress Jeanne Moreau and the filmmaker and protagonist, who usually directed himself, worked. It is one of Orson Welles’ most celebrated movies, and the castle is not a mere facade but was also used for interior shots, creating an even more complete and spectacular effect.