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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Location: Tabernas - The Tavern

This location is from a very pivotal scene in For a Few Dollars More.  The scene of course being Mortimer shooting Wild (Klaus Kinski) and finally come face to face with Indio (Gian Maria Volonte).

While the exterior was shot in Los Albaricoques, the interior was shot in a building in Tabernas, just outside of the El Paso set (now the tourist trap Mini-Hollywood). 

Mortimer meets Manco
Sadly, the building is now in a complete state or ruin.  The roof has recently collapsed, but once carefully entering, you can still make out the areas where everything took place.
 Mortimer is spotted.  A wall was later added , but the foreground remains the same.
Mortimer prepares to shoot Wild

Surprisingly this location was used again for Day of Anger, where LVC once again enters the same building in Los Albaricoques, but ends up here for the interior shots.  Most of the action was shot on the opposite side wall of the room than in For a Few Dollars More.

The tavern as it appears in Day of Anger 

Below are some addition photos of the location.  Click to enlarge.


  1. Great shots Aaron. I've heard that some of the Spanish locations are in bad shape now & don't exist at all. Some even have street lights & high voltage wires & parking lots. I've wondered if the interior shots of that scene (Day of Anger/For A Few Dollars More" is the same place where Steven's lived in "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"? The arched passages between rooms makes me wonder.

    1. Yes I bet it is!
      That graffiti is terrible. They couldn't even spell Lee Van Cleef's name right.... :( I wonder who did that. It must be fans??
      Thank you as always Aaron. :)

    2. The Steven's farm is actually 2 different locations (exterior and interior), but sadly I did not reach either on my trip, although I was very close to both.

      The tavern was a very cool location, despite the fact that I was only there for about 5 minutes (it was the last stop of a whirlwind day).

    3. Thank you Aaron! That's interesting :)))

  2. These are fascinating shots..enjoyed them.

  3. It is so sad to think of these locations being lost to the sands of time and the elements. That piece of grafitti that Gloria refers to has been there for a really long time. Obviously put there by one of Lee's European fans.
    One thing I have always thought about is, and I hope you can answer this Aaron, were these structures there before the times of Leone and the Dollars Trillogy and if so, what were they originally used for?

    1. Yes pretty much all of the structures were there before Leone shot the movies. The exception being the El Paso town built for FAFDM. Everything else was pre-existing or built in the studio in Rome.

  4. Amazing Amazing Amazing

  5. That's one of the best features of the Leone films, he used real buildings. He often used one building for the exterior shot and another for the interior shots but most of his interior shots were real buildings not movie studio sets.