Malta has served as location for a number of international films. Starting with Treasure in Malta in the 1960s, followed by Popeye (1983), Midnight Express, Jaws, Christopher Columbus, Cutthroat island, and more recently Gladiator and U-571. Perhaps ironically Malta is best known to the world through the film adaptation of book that isn’t about Malta – Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, the title of which refers to a statuette of mysterious origin.
Having such rich medieval architecture, Malta is ideal for serving as a location for films, doing away with costly construction of models. Indeed, while touring the Maltese islands, one can recall famous scenes from movies that made the screen. Moreover, Popeye village, the set of the film about the sailor Popeye and his friends, has been made into a major tourist attraction in the North of the island, while one can view the largest water tank in the world at Rinella, where ocean-based parts of movies are shot in miniature.