Monument Valley

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Towering at heights of up to 1,000 feet, the majestic sandstone rock formations of Monument Valley are not only a famous Wild West backdrop but also a sacred place to the Navajo people. According to old legends, the sandstone buttes are carcasses of long-defeated monsters. After Monument Valley was featured in John Ford westerns,over time it has become a popular location for many other movies, television shows, commercials, and music videos. The Marlboro Man, Wayne McLaren,also made it into Monument Valley. Ford returned nine times to shoot his films, starting withStage coach back in 1939. Stanley Kubrick, Sergio Leone, Dennis Hopper, Clint Eastwood, Ridley Scott, and the Coen Brothers, among others, followed him. Some of their movies became world-known classics like2001:A Space Odyssey, Once Upon a Time in the West, Thelma & Louise, Forest Gump, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Back to the Future,and more recently, the HBO series West world.

Images: Ger Ger Words: Tina Ger

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