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Cinema’s Greatest Backdrop



American cities and the nation’s spectacularly striking landscapes have long played a starring role in its cinema, often emerging as independent and influential characters in a film. The sweep of USA backdrops is infinite, from urban cityscapes to rural heartland settings to the deserts of the West and Southwest. From coast to coast, we join well-known directors from their favourite USA locations. Through personal narratives and unique insights – from growing up to early adulthood memories – these luminaries capture what makes their chosen cities special. These stories share how inspiration from each destination has influenced and crafted these filmmakers’ magical cinematic scope. Ahead, an intimate series, which celebrates America’s grand landscape.

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