Italy has been the backdrop for so many movies, award-winning and flops, well-known and indie. It would be impossible to list them all so we thought we’d go oddball and give you a list of the Top 5 films in Venice that you’ve probably never heard of, with actors you probably know.
1. Carrington (1995) stars Emma Thompson as artist Dora Carrington. It’s a strange movie and definitely not one of Thompson’s best as it explores the true story of Carrington’s relationship with writer Lytton Strachey played by Jonathan Price. The film is broken into six “chapters” with many taking place in and around London during and after World War I. For fans of the Bloomsbury Set, the film focuses on the bed-hopping they were known for and barely mentions their accomplishments in the arts.
2. The Comfort of Strangers (1990) Lust, mystery and the crazy Christopher Walken. What more could you want from a movie? Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson star as an English couple exploring their relationship on a vacation to Venice. Enter Walken’s character who introduces them to more than they ever imagined. The film is full of scenes around Venetian canals and in the city’s piazzas
3. Don’t Look Now (1973) brings Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie together as grieving parents who just lost their young daughter in the scariest of all the listings here. While in Venice, they meet two elderly sisters one of whom is psychic bringing warnings from the great beyond. Sutherland has some visions of his own, seeing his daughter in the shiny red rain coat she drowned in running through the dark byways across Venetian canals.
4. A Few Days in September (2006) Nick Nolte & Juliette Binoche star in this bizarre spy film. Ex-CIA operative now wants to reunite with his abandoned kids and calls on a French intelligence agent to help with the big reunion. Oh yeah, there’s a killer after them but why and who cares.
5. Inferno (2016) I’m looking forward to the latest from director Ron Howard and Tom Hanks as they bring author Dan Brown’s billion dollar character, Robert Langdon, to life again on the big screen. It’s a series that lends itself to codes and clues and mad dashes through the narrow calles of Venice. It comes out this October. Not truly offbeat but I bet you haven’t heard of it yet!
So, what’s your favorite film in Venice?
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