Movies – Italy

In case you didn’t hear last week’s Travels with Rick Steves where he and two Roman tour guides talk about must-sees in Rome, you can listen to the podcast on itunes. Here is the link (I hope).

well rats!! that doesn’t work. Maybe you can copy and paste it into your web browser. If that doesn’t work go to itunes and type in ‘travel with rick steves’. The most recent podcast is the Rome City Guide.

I am happy to report that we will see virtually everything the guides mentioned as important to see (maybe not The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa).

The reason this ‘movie’ post is so long in coming is because I figure everybody has favorite movies that feature Italy, and who am I to tell you what movies to see. With books it is different, you are less likely to have read about Italy. Unless you have read Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons which, of course, I forgot to mention last time.

Then I thought, well maybe I should just mention my 3 favorite Italian/Italy related movies and find out what your favorite movies are. But there was a time (when I was totally infatuated with all things Italian) when the only movies in my Netflix queue were Italian, old, new, bad, good….

So, the only one I can definitely say is among my top 3 is Nani Moretti’s Caro Diario. It is only available in vhs format or through the instant play on Netflix. You can rent Moretti’s A Son’s Room as a dvd but his approach in that is very standard. In Caro Diario he talks directly to you and well, in addition to being very cute and charming, you get a quirky picture of contemporary Italians.

How about you all? Do you have a favorite movie or 3? Did movies have anything to do with wanting to venture to Italy?

Remember the February 20 deadline is coming up.

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