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The Museum City: magical Venice

Adventures in Wonderland

In reference to the previous post, I’ll start by saying I was wrong about the Etrucsan dwellings in Castellina. I did a bit of research. They weren’t dwellings, they were tombs. No wonder they made me shiver. But not so bad really. Glad to realize the possibility that their homes were warmer and lighter than the dark cold stone rooms we went into.

Don did the research for our hotel in Venice. He found one that had good reviews and was only a short walk from the station. It was fairly expensive but he was really clear that that was the one he wanted. It made it all so simple. We got off the train, walked for about three minutes along the main concourse in front of the station, around the first corner into a narrow alley, or calle as they are called, and there was our hotel. We were given…

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A true jewel

morte a venezia

by Stefania Bufano

Death in Venice (Morte a Venezia) is one of the masterpieces of Italian cinematography. The film, made by Luchino Visconti, is adapted from the short novel of the German writer Thomas Mann and takes place in Venice in the first decade of the 1900’s.

Visconti, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, has been with others a father of Neorealismo, known also for his maniacal carefulness of every little detail of scene reconstruction.

I remember an anecdote about this, that I had have read somewhere, maybe in an interview where an actor was talking about it. If you were shooting a scene for the movie, for example, with a woman who was dressing herself in front of a mirror, everything had to be real. The little jewel case on the dresser, that you couldn’t see what was inside it, to see the jewels, well, it had to contain real jewels inside it, and they had to be real jewels.

In a world in which things appear to us less true and more virtual and false, Visconti’s work and Neorealism can be not only a great art lesson, but also a great lesson of life.



Italian neorealism

Luchino Visconti

Death in Venice (in English)

Morte a Venezia (Italian)

Alla ricerca di Tadzio



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