Watching again the Antonioni film The Passenger, I was surprised to see some scenes in Barcelona, especially one of Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider in the Antoni Gaudi-designed former apartment block La Pedrera. I had remembered that the film opens in Africa, but forgotten that the narrative of Nicholson’s character adopting the identity of an arms dealer involved scenes in other parts of Europe.
Few other well-known films show scenes in Gaudi’s Barcelona buildings. Even Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona, which features a character who is studying Gaudi, includes only a few snippets of Parc Guell and La Sagrada Familia. So the middle of a UK winter is perhaps an appropriate time to sample the weird and wonderful shapes and colours of the Catalan magician.