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Bagnoregio and Civita

Piazza Trento e Trieste (Bagnoregio), Anthony Quinn in a scene of La Strada by Federico Fellini (1954). Photo: Archivio Tuscia Film Fest

Bagnoregio and Civita

Federico Fellini, Steno, Giuseppe Tornatore and...

Over the years, Bagnoregio and Civita di Bagnoregio have often been chosen as a film set.
Thanks to Fellini and his director of production Luigi Giacosi (who was born here) La strada (1954), Fellini's masterpiece which won the Silver Lion at the 15th edition (1954) of the Venice Film Festival and the Academy Award as best foreign film in 1956, was largely filmed in Bagnoregio.

Civita di Bagnoregio, to which the director Marino Girolami had already dedicated the documentary La città che muore in 1950 (a title that recalls the famous definition of the village by the local writer Bonaventura Tecchi), became a filming location from the 1960s. Depending on the different storylines, the village was transformed into a Macedonian village in the comedy film Two Colonels (1962) interpreted by Totò and Walter Pidgeon and directed by Steno; into a remote rural center in  Il prete, an episode of the anthological film Contestazione generale (1970) by Luigi Zampa; in a dreamlike place in Beppe Cino's first work Il Cavaliere la Morte e il Diavolo (1985); in a desolate Sicilian city quarter, visited by the deceitful film director Giuseppe "Joe" Morelli (interpreted by Sergio Castellitto), in the nostalgic The Star Maker (1995) by Giuseppe Tornatore; in an isolated village, home to an old esoterist (Philippe Leroy), in the comedy It's All About Karma (2017) by Edoardo Falcone and in a small town administered by mayor Roberto Brambilla (interpreted by Diego Abatantuono) in the satirical comedy My Big Gay Italian Wedding (2018) by Alessandro Genovesi.

Also, the first part Happy as Lazzaro (2018), directed by Alice Rohrwacher, was set in Civita di Bagnoregio and Vetriolo (part of the municipality of Bagnoregio).

Piazza Trento e Trieste (Bagnoregio), Anthony Quinn in una scena de La Strada di Federico Fellini (1954).
Archivio Tuscia Film Fest 

Written by Franco Grattarola

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