Rome - Cinematography set

“Marcello, come here” said Anita Ekberg walking into the Trevi Fountain, inviting Mastroianni to bath with her in Federico Fellini’s “Dolce Vita” (1960). Eternal frames, burnt into our collective memory, that bound Rome to international movies. Rome is eternal and dreamlike also thanks to the cinema culture, that enhanced it by making the City the beautiful background of some of the most relevant and acclaimed movies in the history of this industry. To shoot in Rome means to wear the legacy of our ancestors, like Elizabeth Taylor did in her “Cleopatra” (1963). Then, neorealism era arrived, and the suburbs become relevant in cinema: the Tufello become the perfect set for De Sica’s “Ladri di Biciclette” (1948). Scola’s movies brought attention to the roman middle class, shooting “Ci eravamo tanto amati” (1974) in Prati. Nanni Moretti chose Garbatella as set for his “Caro Dario” (1993), giving a new value to this neighbourhood, making it one of the most loved ones out of the city centre. “La Grande Bellezza” by Sorrentino allows us to understand the reasons behind the UNESCO committee decision to name Rome one of its “Cities of Film”.

Several movies take place in Rome, and they are embodied in our culture to the point of being considered reference point in our collective imagination. L’Isola del Cinema, in this edition dedicated to Rome City of Film, has decided to celebrate this city by paying tribute to these movies that were shot in Rome during the last 60 years: our photographic exposition will consist in 25 pictures and a movie selection of over 30 movies (o.v. with English subtitles) .

Our exposition “Rome City of Film” is allowed by our collaboration with the Archivio Fotografico della Cineteca Nazionale del Centro Sperimentale and it will take place on the Tiber Island during the whole festival, celebrating its 25th edition this June 2019.

The exposition will go through several of the locations that were used by the Masters of Italian cinema, recreating the urban and suburban surroundings of the city used to tell different stories, from d’auteur moves to pop ones. Our programme includes Dino Risi’s movie “Poveri ma belli” (1957), a movie that highlighted the wonders of our City, and Sorrentino’s “La Grande Bellezza”, where the buildings, the gardens and the terraces of its decadent Rome will lead us to a more pop interpretation of the City in Sydeny Sibilla’s productions. All the movies in this special selection will be screened in original language with English subtitles (when possible).

Both the exposition and the screenings will be free: it is an tribute that L’Isola del Cinema and the Cineteca Nazionale want to pay to our city and to gift to all those who will take part in this event.

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