Filming international productions on Dominican soil is nothing new, as it dates back to the 1950s. This is when the Dominican Republic was used as a recording set for the Mexican recording of "Canciones Unidas" (United Songs) featuring Casandra Damirón. The production took place in the surrounding area of what was then known as the Peace Fair, in Santo Domingo.
As a result of its tropical landscapes and captivating Colonial City in Santo Domingo, the country has become more and more attractive as film destination for Latin American, Spanish and U.S. film makers. The height of its success was marked by the Hollywood filming of Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning "Godfather II" in the historic Colonial City in 1974.
Capturing the exuberance of this island, scenes from "Apocalypse Now" were filmed on the shores of the river Chavón in La Romana in 1979, as were scenes from "Rambo II" in 1985. Due to the similarities of some areas of the Dominican capital with Cuba, Santo Domingo hosted Robert Redford during the filming of "Habana" in 1990 and Andy Garcia for the filming of "The Lost City" in 2005, the year in which Luis Vargas Llosa also began filming "La Fiesta del Chivo" (The Festival of the Goat).
Also in 2005, the splendor of the Cofresí beach in Puerto Plata was filmed for the romantic comedy "Love Wrecked" by Randal Kleiser, the producer of successes such as "Grease" and "The Blue Lagoon." In 2006, the Colonial City welcomed the producers of "Miami Vice" and also the celebrated Robert De Niro, for the filming of several scenes for "The Good Shepherd," starring Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon.
In 1963, the dramatist Franklyn Domínguez took his monologue "La Silla" (The Chair) to the big screen. Then in the 1970s, the director Jean Luis Jorge made two films: "Melodrama" and "La Serpiente de la Luna de los Piratas" (Serpents of the Pirate Moon), along with other films which were made by other directors.
During the 1980s, "Un Pasaje de Ida" (A One Way Ticket) was filmed under the direction of Agliberto Meléndez. The end of the 1990s brought with it the launch of national productions, with the creation of the first feature length film "Nueva Yol" [sic - Nueba Yol] (New York City) by the filmmaker Ángel Muñiz. Building on this momentum, more films were produced such as "Para Vivir o Morir" (To Live or Die), "La Cárcel de la Victoria" (The Prison of Victory), "Los locos tambien piensan" (The mad also think) and "Nueva Yol 3" (New York City 3).
The Creole also have a distinct film style, and have filmed "Cuatro Hombres y un Ataúd" (Four Men and a Coffin), "Víctimas del Poder" (Victims of Power), "Perico Ripiao" (Perico Ripiao), "Tráfico de Niños" (Child Trafficking), "Andrea" (Andrea), "La Maldición del Padre Cardona" (The Curse of Father Cardona), "Enigma" (Enigma), "Lilís" (Lilís), "Negocios son Negocios" (Business is Business), "Un Macho de Mujer" (A Brave Woman), "Éxito por Intercambio" (Success by Exchange), "Sanky Panky", "Cristiano de la Secreta", "Ladrones a Domicilio" (House Thieves), "Al Fin y al Cabo" (In the End), "Santi Cló, la Vaina de la Navidad" (Santa Claus, the Christmas Nuisance), in the Dominican Republic.
In the documentary film field, the Dominican Republic has enjoyed some of the most interesting feature films directed by the successful documentary maker René Fortunato, who has offered the country's political history to the public in films such as: "El poder del jefe I, II y III" (The Power of the Generalissimo I, II and III), "La herencia del Tirano" (The Tyrant's Heritage), "La Violencia del Poder" (The Violence of Power), "Abril: La Trinchera del Honor" (April: The Trench of Honor) and Bosch: Presidente en la Frontera Imperial" (Bosch: President of the Imperial Border).
Going to the Movies
The Dominican Republic has many modern movie theaters throughout the country. Various festivals are held in the capital city of Santo Domingo, including the International Film Exhibition of Santo Domingo and the Film Festival of the Global Democracy and Development Foundation, FUNGLODE. Located in the Plaza de la Cultura, the Dominican Cinemateca is another great theater where Dominicans are constantly presenting films from all over the world.
A list of the main Movie Theaters in the Dominican Republic:
In Santo Domingo
- Acropolis Acropolis Center – Ave. Winston Churchill
- Broadway Cinemas Plaza Central - Ave. 27 de Febrero
- Cinema Centro Ave. George Washington
- Coral Mall Autopista San Isidro
- Hollywood Diamond Ave. Los Próceres
- Hollywood Island Cinema Carretera Mella
- Megaplex 10 Ave. San Vicente de Paúl
- Palacio del Cine – BVM Bella Vista Mall – Ave. Sarasota
- Palacio del Cine – MC Malecón Center – Ave. George Washington
- Palacio del Cine Ave. Venezuela
- Cinema Centro - PI Plaza Internacional – Ave. Juan Pablo Duarte
- Hollywood 7 Ave. Estrella Sadhalá
Las Colinas Ave. 27 de Febrero
Palacio del Cine Terra Mall
In La Romana
- Hollywood Plaza Carretera Romana – San Pedro de Macorís
- La Marina Casa de Campo
In Punta Cana - Bávaro
- Palacio del Cine Palma Real Shopping Center - Bávaro
Para ver la cartelera de los cines del país y películas en exhibición puede acceder a http://cine.com.do/Default.aspx