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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 11: Facing Windows (2003)

Slide 11: Facing Windows (2003)

Turkish-born director Ferzan Özpetek went to study at La Sapienza University in Rome in 1977, and from that point on the city has been his home. Since 1997, when he made his directorial debut with Hamam (aka Steam: the Turkish Bath), it has also been the setting for his movies. One of his most successful was 2003’s Facing Windows, a story about a couple, Giovanna (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and Filippo (Filippo Nigro), whose marriage is on the rocks who encounter an old homeless man with amnesia (Massimo Girotti) on the Ponte Sisto (a 15th Century bridge spanning the Tiber), and decide to take him in. For Özpetek, the locations are a very important aspect of Facing Windows, with the most significant of these being the former Roman Ghetto a segregated area set aside for Jews where Simone, the old man, once lived. “I am fascinatedby these places, the Ghetto, Donna Olimpia, Testaccio, and by their past and the joys and sorrows they’ve witnessed,” Özpetek said in an interview. “The walls of ancient cities like Rome are impregnated with memories and this has been a strong influence on the script.”