Game of Thrones, Mamma Mia 2 and more – the film industry is discovering something we all know – Central Dalmatia is gorgeous and the perfect backdrop to a Hollywood blockbuster. The island of Vis played home to the Mamma Mia 2 filming last year, while the hit HBO series Game of Thrones has been shot in various locations all over the region, such as Zrnovnica, Klis, Split and Kastela.
Central Dalmatia’s filming tradition goes back much further, however… Take a look at Split, for example. A gorgeous city very popular with tourists today, but perhaps even more appealing before the crowds way back in 1924, when the Dalmatian capital was used in the filming of the film, The Grand Duke’s Finances. The plot, courtesy of IMDB:
The Grand Duke’s Finances (1924)
The likeable and carefree Grand Duke of Abacco is in dire straits. There is no money left to service the State’s debt; the main creditor is looking forward to expropriating the entire Duchy. The marriage with Olga, Grand Duchess of Russia, would solve everything, but a crucial letter of hers about the engagement has been stolen. Besides, a bunch of revolutionaries and a dubious businessman have other plans regarding the Grand Duke. With the intrusion of adventurer Philipp Collins into the Grand Duke’s affairs, a series of frantic chases, plots and counter-plots begins…