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What film is this (shot in Matera, Italy)?

What film is this (shot in Matera, Italy)?

Old Jun 21st, 2009, 04:57 AM
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What film is this (shot in Matera, Italy)?

http://www.sassidimatera.com/
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 07:40 AM
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Hi, ek:

The site was terribly slow to load so I gave up.

As far as I know (and that isn't far) the only films
made in Matera are a 1979 Christ Stopped at Eboli
and the Mel Gibson Christ film (didn't see it, can't
remember the title).

Matera is the most hauntingly evocative place I've ever
seen. We stayed in a sassi that was charming albeit a
tad humid. As in drips from the ceiling!
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 07:53 AM
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Thanks, Immimi--that what I thought. Also there was a Pasolini film set there; maybe that is the one on the site.

I just watched Christ Stopped at Eboli--this is a tremendous film! Highly recommended!
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It's not the Pasolini film, "The Gospel according to St. Matthew", which is precisely what the title says: the life of Christ according to St. Matthew.

Imdb was of no help; there's nothing listed there that would be a candidate.

I'd email the hotel; they'd probably be happy to tell you.
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Thanks, Zerlina. I guess that is the way to find out..it looks like they may have spliced some film scenes into their own video of the pre-reconstruction structures.

I just read a bit more after watching "Christ Stopped At Eboli"; Carolo Levi is buried in Aliano but the film was made largely in Matera, although they talk about Matera being the "large' provincial capital nearby. Again, I highly recommend this film.

http://menagerie.blogspot.com/2007/09/aliano.html



Basilicata certainly seems like a fascinating region that is so little discussed here, apart from Maratea and Matera.
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"Because of the ancient and primitive scenery in and around the Sassi, it has been used by filmmakers as the setting for ancient Jerusalem. The following famous biblical period motion pictures were filmed in Matera:

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964).
Bruce Beresford’s King David (1985).
Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004).
Catherine Hardwicke’s The Nativity Story (2006).
Other famous movies filmed in the city include:

Alberto Lattuada's La Lupa (1953)
Giuseppe Tornatore's The Star Maker (1995)
The Omen (2006)
A chapter on Matera describing the life of people in the south of Italy at the beginning of the twentieth century is in the book Cristo si è fermato a Eboli ("Christ stopped at Eboli") by Carlo Levi. This was also turned into a film."
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 10:32 AM
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Thanks, CC. It is certainly not Christ Stopped At Eboli.

And it certainly would not be a film set near or close to the present day, which I assume disqualifies The Omen, L'Uomo de la Stelle (The Star Maker) and La Lupa. And Zerlina has ruled out the Pasolini film.

I did see those films listed when I googled, but I cannot figure out which one this is out of the remaining candidates..

As Zerlina suggests, I will either have to e-mail the hotel or, more likely, wait until I get there at which time the hotel may be open, and ask.
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..and since there is dialog in Italian, that would probably rule out the Mel Gibson, King David, and the Nativity Story. So.....

Also, Christ Stopped at Eboli depicts Basilicata in the 1930s, not at the beginning of the 20th Century. Just a tiny quibble, but wanted to set the record straight!
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