Showing posts with label Venice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Venice. Show all posts

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summertime, The Movie

The luscious hues of Venice are a backdrop for the very modern romance between Italian actor Rossano Brazzi and Katherine Hepburn in the charming 1955 color film "Summertime."
She is smitten after she meets him in his shop, which is what she's filming in the first clip below. Her adorable little guide Mauro looks on. The fashions, the scenes, the story -- all very delicious.
Brazzi later starred opposite Mitzi Gayner in the 1958 film "South Pacific." It's set in a tropical oceanside military camp. Clips here of Brazzi as he lip-syncs "Some Enchanted Evening."

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Gino Macropodio & the Dead Lagoon

That Italian-Greek name is the needle that sews together a great read in this week's New Yorker.
While not stellar writing, there are some hysterical anecdotes that only an American son of privilege could acquire in the ratty waters of Venice.

Highlights:
• "Inmates were dangerously crazy women, not just moody ones."
• Rats, gun-runners ..."fighting certain taxi drivers for the city's cocaine trade .. "
• "Baby Fragola came in fast, blasting techno, holding the collar ..."
• "From the stomach, not the balls!"
• Macropodio "once rowed three miles across the lagoon with six friends to drink 40 bottles of wine. And then rowed back." (Fact checkers missed the math on this!)

Read "Open Water," the tale of "Kekquakea," by Sean Wilsey. Page 40 of the April 22 New Yorker.
More on the Venice pollution and water problems in this BBC article on a temporary Grand Canal boat ban.