World Film Locations: Rome (Book)

This volume of the World Film Locations series explores the city of Rome, a city rich in history and culture and imbued with a realism and romanticism that has captured the imaginations of filmmakers throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With over two and a half thousand years of continuing history, Rome has served as the setting for countless memorable films, creating a backdrop that spans all genres and emotions.

World Film Locations: Rome takes the reader on a cinematic journey through the city with stops at key locations that include the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Via Veneto, Piazza del Popolo, Sant'Angelo Bridge and, of course, the Trevi Fountain, made famous worldwide in its appearances in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Jean Negulesco's Three Coins in the Fountain. A carefully selected compilation of key films set in Rome, including The Belly of an ArchitectThe Facts of MurderThe Bicycle ThiefRoman Holiday and The Talented Mr. Ripley, is complemented by essays that further examine the relationship between the city and cinema to provide an engaging, colourful and insightful page-turning journey for both travellers and film buffs alike.

Category: Film Studies

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Rome is a city rich in history and culture and imbued with a realism and romanticism that has captured the imaginations of filmmakers throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With over two and a half thousand years of continuing history, Rome has served as the setting for countless memorable films, creating a backdrop that spans all genres and emotions. World Film Locations: Rome takes the reader on a cinematic journey through the city with stops at key locations that include the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Via Veneto, Piazza del Popolo, Sant’Angelo Bridge and, of course, the Trevi Fountain, made famous world-wide in its appearances in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and Jean Negulesco’s Three Coins in the Fountain. A carefully selected compilation of forty-five key films set in Rome, including The Belly of an Architect, The Facts of Murder, The Bicycle Thief, Roman Holiday and The Great Beauty, is complemented by essays that further examine the relationship between the city and cinema to provide an engaging, colourful and insightful page-turning journey for both travellers and film buffs alike.

Gabriel Solomons is a senior lecturer at the Bristol School of Creative Arts. He is series editor of World Film Locations and editor of World Film Locations: Los Angeles.

Maps/Scenes

Scenes 1–8 – 1936–1953

Scenes 9–16 – 1954–1960

Scenes 17–24 – 1960–1963

Scenes 25–31 – 1963–1980

Scenes 32–38 – 1983–1999

Scenes 39–45 – 2001–2013

Essays

Rome: City of the Imagination – Pasquale Iannone

Neo-realist Rome: The Gritty Side of the Eternal City – Helio San Miguel

Fellini's Rome – Louis Bayman

Roman Holidays: Rome as an International Destination On-screen – Alberto Zambenedetti

Strange Tides: The Tiber and Its Role in the History of 'Cinema Romano' – Nicholas Page

Memory Man: Nanni Moretti's Rome in Caro Diario/Dear Diary (1993) – Eleanor Andrews

Cinecittà: The Highs and Lows of the 'Roman Heart' of Italian Cinema – Carla Mereu

Screening Ancient Rome – Alberto Zambenedetti

'For lovers of The Eternal City and the movies, this brilliantly researched book provides fresh insight into the wealth of talent that continues to draw from and contribute to La Dolce Vita of Rome. Tourist or cinephile, grab your camera, follow the maps, walk in the steps of the masters and create your own portrait of the greatest film set in the world. Having felt privileged to both film and life in The Eternal City, I will be pressing this brilliant guide into the hands of friends at the start of their Roman Holiday to inspire them to discover The Great Beauty that is Mamma Roma.' 

Caroline Goodall, Actress (Emilie Schindler, Schindler's List)
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