Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I got the feeling that the further north you go in Italy people are more professional and their words have better meaning.
We had the privilege to have a park opened just for us. That, however, is not where the delight was for us, but to be able to see, enjoy and film the only statue in the world of Dante and Beatrice together. So, beautiful and magnificent. A piece of art in full detail of that unique couple that only represents pure love.
We also filmed three great interviews at an amazing place, to be kept in secret until the documentary is shown at one of the major film festivals.
More to come.
We arrived in Florence and did not have a chance to have lunch. We just went to the hotel, left our baggage and picked up what we needed and hit the road again to our first location to film.
It was thrilling for me to finally see Dante's statue in Florence and even more to film someone reciting parts of The Divine Comedy at its feet. Then, we rushed to eat at a restaurant that even has Dante's name. Amazing!
The next day we had the pleasure to film at Dante's Restaurant and later interview one of the best professors at the University of Florence.
The president of the province was interested in being interviewed, however, after I asked him through his assistant to talk about politicians in hell, he suddenly got too busy. Sure!
Dante's house was closed, however, the president Museo Casa di Dante offered me to come back to Florence and make it available for me.
I did go back after filming further north. So, I had the enormous pleasure to walk around Dante's house, now a museum and art exhibit. Nonetheless, there is a room where still exists Dante's bed and table (desk), which its door is sealed with a glass. I filmed every possible detailed which will possible be available on You Tube since this part will not make to to the first documentary and I filmed it myself just to plan to do it right next time around. By then, my DP had already left Italy back to Holland.
More to come.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
The next day after I arrived in Rome, we head to film a few interviews at the Divina Commedia theater, where the live opera takes place. I interviewed Vittorio Matteuci, who plays Dante, Lalo Cibelli, who plays Virgil and Gianmario Pagano, the script play writer. We all were very happy with the interviews and later went on to watch the show.The next day we had planned on interviewing the actress who portrays Beatrice and the composer of the music and concept developer. However, for circumstances out of our control we had to miss them.
On the photo here, I'm holding up the image of the Banner of Hell.
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