Above: Adam Driver signing autographs at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
Italians are passionate about cinema. And they have every right to be: The Italian filmmakers of the 1920s and 30s were pioneers and they produced some of the greatest movies of that era.
By the 1950s and 1960s, Italian films topped the box office charts: Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni… The list can go on and on.
Italian cineastes from that era created some of the world’s favorite movies and most enduring images.
Just think of heartthrob Marcello Mastroianni wooing bombshell Anita Ekberg at the Trevi Fountain in Rome in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita! The scene is one of the most famous images captured on film of all time.
The Venice Film Festival, now in its seventy-first year, is currently underway and will show its final film Saturday of this week. It is the world’s oldest film festival and, together with the Cannes festival, it is arguably the world’s most prestigious.
And just to add icing to the cake, it takes place each year in the beautiful city of Venice, where residents use canals and gondolas instead of streets and cars.
The festival is part of the city’s Biennale art festival, which spans the entire year with screenings, exhibitions, art shows, and other artistic “happenings.”
The film festival (just like all the other events) are open to the public.
And we highly recommend taking a look at the Wikipedia entry for the festival. It gives a great overview of the festival’s origins and its importance in the world of cinema today.
And of course, when you attend a screening, don’t forget to turn to the person sitting next to and say, buona visione!, enjoy the movie!
Image via the Venice Film Festival website.