A Room with a View, James Ivory, 1985 — A favorite, and among the most delicious of the Merchant Ivory films, the romance starring Julian Sands, Daniel Day Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith captures E.M. Forster’s infatuation with the sun-drenched city on the Arno.
The Agony and the Ecstasy, Carol Reed, 1965 — Charlton Heston takes artistic license in this historical biography of Florentince artist Michelangelo’s struggles to paint the Sistine Chapel, urged on by Pope Julius.
Tea with Mussolini, Franco Zefferelli, 1999 — A semi-autobiographical movie about an Italian businessmen’s illegitimate son, Luca, raised by an Englishwoman (Joan Plowright) and her ex-pat circle.
Under the Tuscan Sun, Audrey Wells, 2003 — In this gooey yet irresistible chick flick, Diane Lane glows as a heartsick, recently-divorced writer who gets her groove back in Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside.
A Month by the Lake, John Irvin, 1995 — Uma Thurman, Vanessa Redgrave and Edward Cox form a romantic triangle on the shores of Lake Como in the spring of 1937.
La Notte, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961 — Jeanne Moreau and her writer husband Marcello Mastroiannni visit a dying friend in Milan, and confront a similar death in their passion.
Miracle in Milan, Vittorio De Sica, 1951 — A cerebral fantasy about an orphan found in a cabbage patch who grows up to find oil in a post-war Milan beggar colony.
Casanova, Lasse Hallstrom, 200 — A studly Heath Ledger seduces as the Venetian philanderer who finally meets his match – a liberated Sienna Miller—in a lavish, buoyant production shot on location.
Casino Royale, Martin Campbell, 2006 — A major climax occurs in a sprawling Venice palazzo during renovation; needless to say, it’s rubble, along with assorted villains, when Daniel Craig’s James Bond finishes with it.
Don’t Look Now, Nicholas Roeg, 1973 — A classic, moody psychic thriller about a married couple (Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie) mourning their young daughter’s drowning death in wintry Venice.
The Merchant of Venice, Michael Radford, 2004 — There are several productions, but the most recent one stars Al Pacino as the Jewish merchant, Shylock.
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