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Aside from "Under the Tuscan Sun", which I loved, what are your favorite movies/documentaries filmed in or about Italy?

Aside from "Under the Tuscan Sun", which I loved, what are your favorite movies/documentaries filmed in or about Italy?

Old Feb 24th, 2005, 04:33 AM
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I agree about Roman Holiday--very good and family friendly, I would say.

I also loved Bread and Tulips, which gives more residential views of Venice--something you don't get too often. It's also neat since it's an Italian film--it explores cultural differences!

I'd also choose Tea with Mussolini--another great Florence film. Plus, there's the film "Stealing Beauty," but it doesn't seem like it was family friendly. I don't remember.

Also, if you want something more religious--"Brother Sun, Sister Moon" is about St. Francis and is partly filmed in the mountains between Le Marche and Umbria!

Where in Italy will you be visiting? Maybe we can recommend films based on what sites you'll be seeing.

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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 04:36 AM
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DM531, I just mentioned Rome Adventure in another post; as you say, a B movie, but Al Di La is wonderful. The clothing, etc. reminds me of my first trip to Rome in the early 60ies. That's how we dressed for Europe in those days!

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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 04:43 AM
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Cinema Paradiso....get the "restored" version
A Month By The Lake
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 05:03 AM
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For Florence "A room with a view"
For Venice "Summertime"
For Como "A month by the lake"
and Cinema Paradiso just because it's such a delight.
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 05:21 AM
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"Only You" takes you from Venice to Rome to Positano. Same director as for Moonstruck.

We just got the newly released DVD of "Three Coins in the Fountain." Nostalgia road!
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 05:22 AM
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Kenneth Branagh's "Much Ado About Nothing" filmed in a Tuscan villa and "Room With a View". They are such great representations of my favorite part of Italy. Also loved "Tea with Mussolini".
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 07:31 AM
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Wow, this thread brings back memories of all the movies that honor the beauty of Italy.

My personal Favs are; Il Postino, Cinema Paradiso and Bread & Tulips. I recently rented "My House in Umbria". Loved it.

I'm boycotting "Under the Tuscan Sun" until they re-release it under a more appropriate name, ie. anything but "Under the Tuscan Sun." I enjoyed the book with that same name, which bears no resemblence to the movie, or so I'm told. lol
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 07:44 AM
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I vote for: Enchanted April
or Audrey Hepburn in ROman Holiday
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 07:57 AM
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Although I found the plot rather sappy, there's no denying the cinematography was glorious in "Only You".

A couple of films from the 60's are "Come September" with the recently-deceased Sandra Dee, and "Gidget Goes To Rome".

Two other non-warm-and-fuzzy films that will give you some scenary in Italy are not particularly family-friendly, I'm afraid: "Hannibal" and "Up At The Villa".

If you're going for Easter, you may want to see "Quo Vadis". The late Peter Ustinov as Nero is a real treat! Filmed in 1951, Sophia Loren has a cameo role in this film, which was her screen debut. Elizabeth Taylor has an uncredited cameo as a Christian prisoner in the arena.

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Buon Viaggio
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 08:13 AM
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We saw the last 2 episodes of Inside the Tuscan Hills".
The local Atlanta station did not promote it and had it running on Saturdays at 4pm or we would have seen more of them.
To spite the "crazy time" ,we liked it enough to purpose to see the last one.
It was a very different kind of travel series with an enthusiastic young lady visiting local shops, cooking schools, restaurants, vineyards ,etc.
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 08:25 AM
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If you can find them, I think you all would enjoy the enthusiastic and effervescent David Rocco, who has done two great TV series: Avventura, Journeys in Italian Cuisine, and David Rocco's Dolce Vita. The first visits a different town and kitchen each episode. The second is based in Firenze and explores cultural and culinary themes. Each of these series is exquisitely filmed and produced! Highly recommended.

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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 04:07 PM
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I saw 2 episodes of the "Into the Tuscan Hills" (or whatever the PBS series was called). I felt like it was some film student's senior design project. It felt like the host was nervous, unprepared, and trying to say "Hey world, this is my documentary, hope you like it." Watch it for the information and scenery, not for cinematography.

Some Italy movies/TV shows that I like:
* Johnny Stecchino
* Von Ryan's Express
* Mario Eats Italy I and II (2 Food Network mini-serieses)


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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 04:08 PM
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altajo, I agree.
A lovely book.
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 04:48 PM
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For Venice, Dangerous Beauty. It wasn't a big hit, but I really liked it. Scenery, costuming, story, were fabulous. Not family friendly.
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 04:55 PM
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Venice, that reminds me of two that also not family friendly or for squeamish.
"Don't look Now"-Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie(also the best film to have a nude scene that was natural as they went anbout their toilette)
"The Comfort of Strangers,"Christefer Walken, Helen Merril, and Natshia Richardson(looking Gorgeous)
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 05:05 PM
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Yes, Mimi! both favorites of mine too!
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 07:41 PM
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for something a bit different, how about the original "The Italian Job"?
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 08:59 PM
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Too many commercial/Merchant-Ivory-ish feelgood girly films in the initial postings.

Better recommendations thereafter.

For my money:
A bicycle thief/ Un ladro di biciclette; one of the finest films ever made -- and one that lets you absolutely TASTE Rome on your tongue!

BTW: when looking for an apartment rental in Rome a few weeks ago I found a pleasant flat whose promo literature said: This apartment's claim to fame is that the building's front door is where the bicycle was stolen in "Bicycle thief" -- the apartment's balcony appears in that frame (!!)
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Old Feb 24th, 2005, 10:25 PM
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Thank you Jabez, Tdyls!
Your comments are very much appreciated! I will not bother buying it.
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Old Feb 25th, 2005, 01:30 AM
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Chasing Liberty, a chick-flick with Mandy Moore and some Vespa boy
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