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Vintage Venice

A popular way to learn about current events, these newsreels were typically shown before the main feature in a movie theater until the 1960's. It reminds me of a scene in Il Postino where the moviegoers, watching a news clip filmed in their town, recognize themselves and break out in loud laughter.

These vintage short films are fascinating to watch.

Comments (7)

Those are really cool. The acqua alta looks very familiar to me after my most recent trip but the frozen lagoon one is so wild!

I agree, vintage films are awesome. Wow, I don't think I've seen Venice flooded before. The films are amazing. Thanks for sharing them,Maria.


Fascinating views of Venice, Maria! It's really hard to imagine the lagoon and canals frozen, I'm not sure I would have believed that could happen if I hadn't seen it!

The acqua alta looks familiar, remarkable how the city has adapted to the regular high water.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Maria, I really enjoyed watching these vintage films. Seeing Venice back then is pretty cool. I noticed that they had those high rise wooden planks back then! And the frozen lagoon was so interesting. I really wonder what it must have been like to have seen Venice back then.

Thanks for sharing these great videos Maria. Have a great evening!

Very cool videos! I also would not have believed that the canals could freeze like that. Amazing that the man walked out to the boat on the ice.

Barb Cabot:

Maria, thank you for these videos. I still marvel that we can walk in places such as Venice today and see that grand architecture and the piazza just as people so many years ago did. Venice is a magical city that exists in our life time. I am so greatful.


These are really fun! Thanks for posting them.

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