Of course, soon after I posted yesterday's blog about favourite movies set in Venice, I began to think of other movies with some Venetian content which I should have mentioned in my original post. I've also had some great reminders from my fellow bloggers!
Kim had suggested Bread and Tulips (2000) which I had almost forgotten! And I had really enjoyed this movie, for the kindness the heroine was shown by strangers (especially in contrast to her nasty, ungrateful family!) and for the dream of running away to rebuild one's life.
I would love to run away, except I know full well that I would end up dragging all my belongs with me and so, it would be less "running away" and more "schlepping away" and at a very slowed and laboured pace....
Right. Back to film and Venice.
Girasoli reminded me of the 2003 remake of The Italian Job, with Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, which at least opens with a great robbery in Venice. Fantastic scenery, including Donald Sutherland (again), for the opening shots.
Speaking of great scenery, who can forget Daniel Craig in the 2006 thriller Casino Royale, which ends in Venice, once more with crime and the collapse of a beautiful palazzo. Venice wasn't really a key part of the movie, but it still features in a few great scenes.
And Annie remembered Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You. D'oh! How could I forget? I loved that movie and I actually bought the DVD because the music was so fantastic (altho not all the actors can sing -- Goldie Hawn was a happy exception!) I also loved the scenery, both in New York (how Allen loves New York and its privileged families) and the many great Venice scenes, where he falls in love with Julia Robert's character, an art historian studying the Tintorettos at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.
I have often heard that the 1973 thriller Don't Look Now, with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland (again!) is great thriller, set entirely in Venice, so I'll have to put that on my Ziplist and take a look.
It's kind of curious, though, that almost all of these movies are, of course, English-language films. I'm a lightweight, it seems, on Italian productions, and especially in terms of movies set in Venice. I'll have to do more research and start looking for Italian films set in the Veneto.
Before doing that, however, I must watch The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978, documenting peasant life in Lombardy) I got the DVD through Zip, and haven't yet sat down to begin the film. It's 3-plus hours long, so that has been a bit daunting!