World Film Locations: Venice (Book)

Edited by Michael Pigott

Extensively illustrated with maps, film stills and present-day location photos, World Film Locations: Venice provides both a colourful guide to, and an incisive examination of, the floating city on film.

Category: Film Studies

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This book explores the rich history of films that have used Venice as evocative backdrop and integral character. Few cities are as densely packed with picturesque cinematic locations. Extensively illustrated with maps, film stills and present-day location photos, this book provides both a colourful guide to, and an incisive examination of, Venice on film. It contains insightful film entries describing carefully chosen scenes from each film, as well as six thematic essays, written by an impressive international selection of film critics, academics and Venice experts. The grand and familiar tourist spots take on new significances, and the book highlights less well-known spots beyond the tourist trail, including gondola repair yards and legendary, but well-hidden, restaurants. From one of the earliest mobile shots in film history – a voyage up the Grand Canal shot in 1896 – to classic depictions of the city like Summertime , Death in Venice , and Don’t Look Now , as well as recent big budget productions such as The Tourist , this book spans the history of filmmaking in Venice.

Michael Pigott is assistant professor of video art and digital media at the University of Warwick, UK.

Maps/Scenes Scenes 1-8 1896 - 1958 Scenes 9-16 1962 - 1972 Scenes 17-24 1973 - 1984 Scenes 25-31 1988 - 1994 Scenes 32-38 1997 - 2001 Scenes 39-45 2003 - 2011 Essays Venice: City of the Imagination - Jeff Cotton The Tourist Gaze: Hollywood and the European Holiday - Anna Sloan City in the Sea: Venice’s Canals and Waterways - Rosie Dias Romantically Detached - Louis Bayman Fear, Mystery and Death: Venice and Horror - John Bleasdale The Period Film: Venice and Literary Adaptations - Alberto Zambenedetti City of Reflections, City of Love - Emily Romanello and Giuseppe Gazzola Shooting in Venice - John Bleasdale

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