SHARE
2

For decades, the multicultural and bohemian atmosphere Tangier fascinated painters (Delacroix, Matisse) and writers (Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs), but also spies, swindlers and eccentric visitors attracted by the city’s status as an autonomous international zone, a situation that ended when it was integrated with Morocco in 1956. Today’s modern city bears little resemblance to that of the first half of the 20th century, when it was a hotbed of artists and outlaws, but it’s precisely that earlier vibrant and dangerous Tangier that was being sought by the makers of The Bourne Ultimatum. The film –the third in the series– is considered the culmination of this influential action saga about an amnesiac spy in search of his identity. In the movie, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) travels to Tangier –after a brief visit to Madrid– looking for a secret agent who can give him a clue to Bourne’s past. After a contract killer rubs out that agent, there is a frantic chase on foot through the narrow streets of the Medina that ends on the rooftops of the typical whitewashed buildings in this old part of the city. The Medina is divided into several areas –the Big Souk, the Small Souk, the Fortress– and besides colourful markets in which to buy food, clothing or handicrafts, it has some of the city’s most emblematic mosques, palaces and gardens.