I FILM GIRATI A VENEZIAThanks to its environmental characteristics and its historical past, the city of Venice has been used as a backdrop for many films.
In Italian cinema, Venice has been the setting for the events narrated in Venice, the Moon and You (1958) by Dino Risi, Anonymous Venetian Enrico Maria Salerno (1970), Franco Brusati Forget Venice (1979).
The city was the background to tell, between history and fiction, the lives of characters such as Giordano Bruno Giuliano Montaldo (1973) and Casanova, directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Heath Ledger (2005).
The city was the scene of Shakespeare’s plays Othello directed by Orson Welles (1952) and The Merchant of Venice by Michael Radford and starring Al Pacino (2004); Venice was also the obvious choice for the background of a novel by Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, directed by Luchino Visconti (1971), and is a setting for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Stephen Norrington (2003), an adaptation of ‘eponymous comic by Alan Moore.
Hollywood has chosen the city as a theater for sequences in genre films including the thriller and action, from Nikita (1990) by Luc Besson and passing for The Italian Job (2003) by F. Gary Gray with Mark Wahlberg and The Tourist (2010), directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. The blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Steven Spielberg (1989) has several scenes set in the city, as well as the character of James Bond is passed to Venice for the film 007 – From Russia with Love by Terence Young (1963), 007 – Moonraker – Operation area of Lewis Gilbert (1979) and 007 – Casino Royale’s Martin Campbell (2006).