Morocco has always been, from the beginning of the cinema, considered, by the film makers, as a very appraised destination, and so for its magnificence and diversity of its light, as well as for the facilities and services offered to the producers.

As early as 1987, Louis LUMIERE came to Morocco to shoot his film entitled «Le Chevalier Marocain». Since that date, more than 500 motion pictures have been shot in Morocco, besides a million of documentaries, different kinds of reportages, advertisings and video-clips. Thus, the most worldwide famous film makers have been interested by shooting films in Morocco. Among those film makers, we can find the following names : Henry Hathaway, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, David Lean, John Huston, Martin Scorsese, Michael Douglas, Mustapha El Akkad, Franco Zeffirelli, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean-Luc Godard, Raoul Ruiz, Jean Delannoy...  

  Films like «Lawence of Arabia», «Jesus of Nazareth» , «The man who wanted to be king» or «Kundun», having respectively, as a setting, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, India and Tibet, have been shot in Morocco, thanks to its valuable natural settings and to the existence of different human types. More other advantages are added to these, such as

Proximity to Europe and USA,
Airports set up in several points of the country,
Very performant ways of communication and road transport,
Simplification of the administrative procedures for any kinf of permits (shooting permits...),
Custom's facilities,
Placing at the producer's disposal, by the Royal Armed Forces, military means : Persons and Equipments,
Possibility of temporary importation of factitious weapons,
Important discount concerning airflight, allowed by Royal Air Morocco (until 40%) and concerning hostelry (until 50%).

We can quote, among the most important productions shot in Morocco, the following titles :
«Othello» (USA, 1949) of Orson WELLES and Suzanne CLAUTIER,
«Sodome and Gomorrhe» (Italy, 1961) of Robert ALDRICH and Sergio LEONE with Stewart GRANGER and Rossana PODESTA,
«Lawrence of Arabia» (GB, 1969) of David LEAN with Peter O'TOOLE, Alec GUINNESS, Anthony QUINN and Omar CHARIF,
«Patton» (USA, 1970) of Franklin SCHAFFNER with Georges SCOTT and Karl HADDEN,
«Jesus of Nazareth» (1977) of Franco ZEFFIRELLI,
«Casablanca, Casablanca» (Italie, 1984) of Francesco Nuti with Francesco Nuti and Guiliana DE SIO,
«Luna de Agosto» (Spain, 1985) of Juan MINON Echevaria,
«Jewel of the Nile» (USA, 1985) of Lewis TEAGUE with Kathleen TURNER and Michael DOUGLAS,
«Ishtar» (USA, 1985) of Elaine MAY with Isabelle ADJANI, Dustin HOFFMAN, Warren BEATTY and Charles GRODIN,
«The living daylights» (USA, 1986) of John GLENN with Timothy DALTON and Joe DON BAKER,
«The last tentation of Christ» (USA, 1987) of Martin SCORSESE, with Wilam DAFOE and Harvey KEITEL,
«A tea at the Sahara» (Italy, 1989) of Bernardo BERTOLUCCI with Debora WINGER and John MALKOVICH,
«Orchestra club Virginia» (Spain, 1991) of Manuel IBORRA,
«The sacred night» (Italy, 1992) of Nicolas KLOTZ, with Amina and Miguel BOSE,
Series about the Bible (Italy) :
   - Abraham (1993) of Joseph SERGENT, with Barbara HARSLEY and Richard HARRIS,
   - The creation (1994) of Peter HALL with Mathew MODINE, Lara FLYNN BOYLE and Irene PAPAS,
   - Joseph (1994) of Roger YOUNG, with Ben KINGSLEY,
   - Moses (1995) of Roger YOUNG, with Ben KINGSLEY and Sonia BRAGA,
   - Samson and Dalila (1996) of Roger YOUNG with Elizabeth HURLEY and Eric THAL ,
   - David (1996) of Robert MARCOVICH, with Nathaniel PARKER, Jonathan PRYCE and Gideon TURNER.
«Higlander III» (GB, 1994) of Ardy MORAHEN,
«Soleil» (France, 1996) of Roger HANIN, with Sofia LOREN and Philipe NOIRET,
«Kundun» (USA, 1996) of Martin SCORSESE,
«Insh'allah» (South Korea, 1996) of Lee SEUNQJAEP, with Le YOUGAIE and Chai MINSU,

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