Movie Tricks in Rome

Spot the shooting tricks in the vertiginous Roman scenery  

We all know that the ancient ambience and warm mediterrean colours of the Eternal City have inspired the greatest directiors of the world. However, choosing Rome as a lovely background is an expensive idea. We have spotted few epic cinema episodes, whiched tricked our mind and kept the coins in the wallet of the cast: has anyone found the mysterious roof terrace of Jep? Since when is the airport of Fiumicino a tiny familiar place like in the The Spy? Why does the tram of infinity also known as number 8 go to Woody’s fantasy in To Rome with love?

 

Fellini would mind some hidden details in the reinterpretation of La Dolce Vita

 

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No doubt that Sorrentino blown the minds with the fabulous photoshoots and elevating contemplations in his Oscar winner movie. La Grande Bellezza has become a cult piece, and a number one associaton, when the topic is Rome. With all these effects it has definitely proved its title: it makes sense to seek the great beauty in this city, because it is all around. Many of the unforgettable scenes was shot on the precious roof terrace of the desperate writer, Jep Garbatella, who was the main character of the story. I have the feeling that slowly a whole movement could be started by all those intellectual tourists, Rome-lover Erasmus students and FAO employees, who are passing by the Colosseum day by day, and asking themselves: where is that myterious spot, where the pelicans flought away and Sorrentino caught our heart? Well, regarding me, I have discovered every corner of that neighborhood accurately, and I found out that the immaginary home is a combination of two different rooftops. One is the brick-colored building near by Via Capo d’Africa, although that one doesn’t have another floor above with a tiny balcony of the absurd neighbor. That key element must have been shot elsewhere

 

The Spy: laughters and Hollywood fails

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Compared to the heavy European movie atmosphere, the creations of Hollywood could be such a relief. For two hours we can forget our troubles, get involved, eat popcorn and laugh or jitter together with the characters. In case if someone is very much on the spot even in the relaxing moments, generally it will be possible to find some epic mistakes. This is how it goes with the briliant new Jude Law movie as well. It’s a well-known phenomenon that touristy capitals aren’t low budget targets as a movie scenery. That’s why we, unsuspecting cinema consumers are tricked. Dozens of episodes are shot actually in a studio of the movie factory, or in a cheaper city of Europe.  In The Spy, the most obvious bluff is at the airport. The biggest airport of Italy with a huge international traffic would never had such a post-socialist tiny entrance. Probably it was shot in front of a closed bank of Budapest.

 

Woody has done his best, but…

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Woody Allen was supposed to be very authentic, while he was writing the plot of To Rome with love. He has made a quite good job regarding this aspect, but if we are watchful, we can notice at least one small mistake. Tram number 8 goes apparently to nowhere. We know that the direction is Casaletto, if we take the tram from the side of Campo de’ Fiori. Well, watch the movie again, catch the Roman milieu, and catch that moment, too! For me it’s a real enigma, why it has changed, meanwhile the name of the streets, the museums, and sights were the same as in the reality. If anyone knows the secret, do not hesitate to comment! 

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Mira Budafoki was born in 1992 in Budapest, Hungary. She started writing in high school, continued with publishing in Hungarian journals during her studies in communication and media at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Already in her university years she has been an enthusiast journalist, and has worked for several lifestyle and cultural magazines. Despite of living the roller-coaster in her wheelchair, only travelling gave her real ups and downs. After a long weekend in Rome she helplessly fell in love with the city, and made her way back through a serial of magical events, which have led to her first book in English (Rome as we roll it), the result of her half-year romance with the Eternal City. After this, she kept on publishing about the beautiful Italian capital at Romeing and Italian Insider. In the meantime she is supporting the assosiation of Romability, which deals with the accessible tourism in Rome.
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