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When in Rome: Movies from the Italian Capital

Posted August 09, 2010 to photo album "When in Rome: Movies from the Italian Capital"

As part of Movie City Rome, Nick Dawson takes a trip through cinema history and examines the different ways filmmakers have portrayed the Italian capital on the big screen.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Ben-Hur (1925)
Slide 3: Open City (1945)
Slide 4: The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Slide 5: Roman Holiday (1953)
Slide 6: La Dolce Vita (1960)
Slide 7: Accattone (1961)
Slide 8: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
Slide 9: Caro Diario (1993)
Slide 10: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Slide 11: Facing Windows (2003)
Slide 10: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Slide 10: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Rome, just like many other cities in the Mediterranean, is a playground for the rich, so it’s not surprising that it plays a significant part in Anthony Minghella’s 1999 adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s first novel about high society con man and killer Tom Ripley. In Highsmith’s book, Ripley expresses just how important Rome is in terms of how he wants to be seen by people: “Rome was chic. Rome was part of his new life. He wanted to be able to say in Majorca or Athens or Cairo or wherever he was: ‘Yes, I live in Rome. I keep an apartment there.’ ” In Minghella’s movie, the first scene in Rome takes place in the Piazza Navona, by Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, while Matt Damon’s Ripley – after killing Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) and then assuming his identity – returns to the city and stays at the St Regis Grand Hotel and then an apartment in the Palazzo Costaguti. The Talented Mr. Ripley, which was also partly shot at Cinecittà Studios, additionally features a scene at Café Dinelli in the Piazza Di Spagna, where Ripley engineers a meeting between Meredith (Cate Blanchett), Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Peter Smith-Kingsley (Jack Davenport).