Take a look at:
Room With a View
Light in the Piazza
Tea With Mussolini
Much Ado About Nothing
FrappeQueens, that's okay - can't really say that Hannibal is very hilarious either. Although... "Bowels in or bowels out?" That is pretty classic.
Jerry, nice list! I've seen Much Ado About Nothing as a kid, had totally forgotten about that.
Just sometimes tar and feathers can be too benevolent.
Lots of Hollywood movies have scenes set in Florence. But only one is something I remember with any enthusiasm, for example:
The unavoidable "Room with a View";
The gooey "Light in the Piazza";
The stultifyingly pompous "The Agony and the Ecstasy";
The monumentally boring "Obsession";
And then there's "Tea with Mussolini", which I am forced to love, if only because I actually got to meet a few of the exceptionally long-lived "scorpioni". The good really do die young.
For non-fiction, my most recent favorite is a somewhat muddled but still fascinating (for me) National Georgraphic TV piece about how Brunelleschi built the cupola of the Duomo. You can find it on Youtube at:
Great Cathedral Mystery • NatGeo TVG Special
Nice tip about Great Cathedral Mystery, I found it!
Great suggestions everyone, I think I might do some shopping tonight. :)
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I think that in these cases the best films to choose are those made in the same country and can't risk to be conditioned by Hollywood clichés. "Amici miei" is the best example which comes to my mind.
Д. Т, yes, the part where he has Mr. White in the trunk while driving from Lake Garda. Close!
Aristofane, an Italian film would be nice but it would have to be with English subtitles. :D My rubbish beginner's Italian won't do...
Of course, it depends on the availability of these films in your country. But the risk with "Room with a view" is experiencing just the way Florence is seen and shown for the standards of the USA.
I hear you and even though I love many, many American movies (among others) I don't take them as gospel. :) That crap is made in Finland/of Finland too, we just have to have certain filters on...