Egon Schiele is painting Wally Neuzil
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Vienna may not be Hollywood, but international filmmakers love filming in Vienna. There is so much to see here and so many stories to tell. Be inspired and spend perhaps not just one but many evenings in Vienna – even if you're presently at home. 

Movies from 1949 to 2001

  • The Third Man (1949): Thriller about the penicillin smuggler Harry Lime (Orson Welles) in a shattered post-war Vienna with world-famous title melody played on the zither.
  • Sissi trilogy (1955-57): Romy Schneider as the young empress in the grinders of the Austrian court.
  • James Bond – The Living Daylights (1987): Timothy Dalton as 007 on a manhunt in Vienna. 
  • Before Sunrise (1995): A film about falling in love, because Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy aren't the only ones to fall in love here. People are always falling in love in Vienna. By the way: "Before Sunrise" celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020 and has become a cult classic for an entire generation.
  • The Piano Teacher (2001): The two-times winner of the "Golden Palm" of Cannes, Michael Haneke, shot the novel of the Noble Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek in 2001. – A battle between a domineering mother and a suppressed daughter (Isabelle Huppert).

Movies from 2002

  • Klimt (2006): An outstanding John Malkovich slips into Klimt's artist's garb and lets us dive into Vienna at the end of the 19th century.
  • A Dangerous Method (2011): Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender as Sigmund Freud and C. G. Jung in conflict over psychoanalysis.
  • 360 (2012): Based on Schnitzler's "La Ronde" with Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, and Anthony Hopkins. 
  • Woman in Gold (2015): Helen Mirren plays Maria Altmann, the niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, who sues the Austrian state in a restitution dispute over Klimt's famous painting, the "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I".
  • Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden (2016): Another real work of art is Dieter Berner's movie of Egon Schiele's life. The story revolves around Schiele's relationship with women and art.
  • Freud (2019): Never before has the superstar of psychoanalysis been seen like this. With the series "Freud", the director Marvin Kren shows a young Sigmund Freud on a murderous manhunt in late 19th century Vienna. On Netflix from March 23. 

By the way, Vienna's biggest movie classic was created in 1948: "The Third Man" with Orson Welles as the legendary penicillin smuggler Harry Lime in post-war Vienna. One of the main protagonists alongside Welles was the Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater – the symbol of Vienna (together with St. Stephen's Cathedral). Even today, you can understand what the showdown in the Viennese sewer system must have been like on the "Third Man Tour". Even a separate museum is dedicated to the movie.

For everyone who'd like to dive even deeper into the classic, there's a making-of story including interactive Vienna map showing the original filming locations. 

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