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From Backlot to Runaway Production: Exploring Location and Authenticity in Film-Induced Tourism

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Films may represent one place but be made at another. In the early years of filmmaking, quite elaborate sets were constructed on studio backlots. In recent years, runaway productions have represented the United States while being shot in other countries. The dissonance between film setting and film location raises the question of which is more likely to attract tourists. It also suggests that tourists may have difficulties with authenticity. This article seeks to examine these issues by taking a historical approach to the changing ways in which location has been used by filmmakers over time.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-10-01

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