The Ethernal City was chosen very often to set various movies of any kind, and this is not a coincidence: its majesty made it particularly suitable for unforgettable scenarios of which we can mention some of them.
In 1954 Steno directs An American in Rome, with a unforgettable Alberto Sordi, who aims at making an efficient satire of a Italy just got out from the war, whom is capable to underline the myth, xenophile, of America: the land of opportunity and hopes in which customs and traditions were known only through comic strips and movie magazines.
To be remembered is the scene set in one of the most famous places in Rome, where Nando, influenced from an American movie scene, climbed up on the Colosseum threatening on killing himself if they don’t promise him that he can reach the so loved America.
La dolce Vita is a 1960 movie directed by Federico Fellini, winner of the Golden Palm at the 13th Cannes Festival, as well as the Oscar for costumes. Most part of the main scenes were shoot inside the cinematographic studios and in some cases they had to reproduce some scenarios such as via Vittorio Veneto (reproduced in Teatro 5 of Cinecittà) an the inside of Saint Peter’s cupola The external of the prostitute’s house was shoot in Tor de’ Schiavi, while the inside was reproduced in a pool located in Cinecittà.
The nobility ball was set instead in Bassano di Sutri in the Giustiniani- Odescalchi’s palace, while Emma’s house in a basement near the EUR, as well as the house of the writer Steiner, proved by the mushroom that you barely see from the window. Passo Oscuro guests the end of the movie, while the house of the writer and all the external scenes were shot in the Square in front of San Giovanni Bosco’s Basilica near Cinecitta’s studios.
Last but not least the most famous scene in the Trevi Fountain, during the shooting, it took a long time so Anita Ekeberg had to stay in the water for several hours while Mastroianni to face the cold of the water had to wear a diving gear under his dress and drink some vodka before the making of the scene.
Bianco, rosso e Verdone is the second movie directed by Carlo Verdone,partitioned in three different episodes (format very common at that time) in which the director performs all of them making a caricature of them: Furio Zoccano, Mimmo e Pasquale Ametrano. The places that are shown in the movie are Bassano Romano ( restaurant’s scene), Tivoli’s cemetery San Giorgio a Maccarese’s castle (near Fiumicino) Hotel Torre Sant Angelo (Tivoli), Pantanella’s palace in via dei Cerchi (election scene) and Piazza del Seminario in Tivoli.