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How Rome is conquering the hearts of Australian film-lovers

Melbourne is hosting the film exhibition Roma! The Screen Life of the Eternal City

How Rome is conquering the hearts of Australian film-lovers

Claudia Astarita

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The Australian Centre for the Moving Image decided this year to spend a month to explain Australians why the Eternal City continues to exist in a collective cinematic imagination that will never fade. To prove that, an extraordinary film exhibition has been organized in Melbourne.

Looking as far back as the 1950s to films by Fellini, Antonioni, Pasolini and Bolognini, to more recent award-winning Italian auteurs including Gianfranco Rosi and Paolo Sorrentino, "Roma! The Screen Life of the Eternal City" explores nostalgic and contemporary cinematic visions of Rome. Here are the nine movies on show: Roman Holiday (Vacanze Romane, 1953); La notte brava (1959); La Dolce Vita (1960); Mamma Roma (1962); L'eclisse (1962); L'udienza (The Audience, 1972); Gianni e le donne (The Salt of Life, 2011); La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty, 2013); and Sacro GRA (2013).

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