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When in Rome: Movies from the Italian Capital

Updated August 09, 2010

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 1: Introduction

Slide 1: Introduction

To mark the forthcoming release of The American, Focus Features’ hitman movie starring George Clooney which is set in the Italian region of Abruzzo, FilmInFocus has designated Rome, Italy’s capital, as its latest Movie City. The Eternal City, in addition to being one of the oldest and most historically rich metropolises in the world, is a hub for filmmakers who have used it not only as a location but also a character in their movies for over a century. As you will discover in the following slideshow, Rome was the setting for where the most expensive silent movie ever was shot, the inspiration for the Italian neorealist explosion in the 1940s, and a city which directors – from Federico Fellini and Pier Paolo Pasolini through to Nanni Moretti and Ferzan Özpetek – have relished defining and redefining in their work.