Winnetou on Independence Day

The first Western ever made in Europe was shot in this nature reserve in Croatia, featuring Old Shatterhand and Winnetou, two fictional characters of European origin. Their creator, the German writer Karl May, had never been to America; he simply projected his fantasies onto the continent. Karl May turned out to be a great fabricator and a fraud, but his stories did help create a different, more romantic image of America. This particular movie was a first step in returning these heroes to the old continent.
These location shots were made on 4 July, America’s Independence Day.