Films set in Venice
As you surely know, a couple of weeks ago George Clooney chose Venice to celebrate his long awaited wedding. In this occasion, we thought about taking a look back at all the films set in Venice.
Italian art films presented us a very young Alberto Sordi in the role of a gondoliere in “Venezia, la luna e tu” (1958) by Dino Risi, while in 1970 the city was a scenery for the love story “Anonimo Veneziano” by Enrico Maria Salerno, and the film from Thomas Mann’s “Death in Venice” by Luchino Visconti in 1971.
As for historical films, just to name a couple, “The Merchant of Venice” by Michael Radford with Al Pacino in 2004 and the “Casanova” with Heath Ledger in 2005.
Many action and thriller movies were set in Venice, as well, like “Nikita” by Luc Besson (1990), the spectacular boat chasing in “The Italian Job” (2003) with Donald Sutherland and our idol Jason Statham, the more recent “The Tourist” (2010) with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp and most importantly “Indiana Jones and the last Crusade” (1989) by Steven Spielberg and with Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.
James Bond had many occasions to see Venice, as we talked in another post.
Not just action but also love films, like “Everyone Says I Love You” (1996) by Woody Allen and “The Story of Us” with Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer or “The Wings of the Dove” by I. Softley (1997).
Interestingly, it’s very complicated to shoot a film in Venice: crews require special permits from the city, there are lots of tourists to avoid and sometimes you have to move from a corner to the other of the city, taking with you heavy equipment on boats and bridges (you thought your luggage was heavy, think about a film set).
So get comfortable, and enjoy your movie!
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