Hungary is the new Hollywood on the Danube

This picturesque capital in the heart of Central Europe has played many roles over the years.

Kristin Scott Thomas in costume while shooting a film in Budapest.

It doubled for the sultry streets of Buenos Aires in the 1996 film “Evita,” directed by Alan Parker; provided the ambiance of terrorist menace and revenge in 2005 for Steven Spielberg’s “Munich”; and is currently standing in for Rome in “The Rite,” a thriller to be released next year in which Anthony Hopkins plays a priest mentoring a young seminary student in the dark arts of exorcism.

Yet for all of Budapest’s versatility as a film set, it is economic hard times that are helping to turn Hungary into Hollywood on the Danube.

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