Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Seaside Legacy

Director Robert Altman’s 1980 musical comedy Popeye, starring Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall, holds a rare distinction among live-action movies inspired by comics: the actual set remains standing and is open to the public. During the seven months before filming commenced on January 23, 1980, construction crews erected 20 wooden structures along Anchor Bay on the island of Malta that became the village Sweethaven. Once the film crew departed, locals decided to repurpose the buildings and develop them into a theme park appropriately named Popeye Village.

(Shout-out: Atlas Obscura)

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