Movies – Another type of blog post I thought I might write from time to time. I really enjoy watching movies filmed in places where I’ve been though sometimes it’s a bit disconcerting. Sometimes one city is used to represent another. Toronto and Vancouver are two of these and it’s weird when you’re supposed to be watching action taking place in New York City and you see the very distintive Vancouver Central Library in the background.
That’s not really what this post is about. The kind of movies I mean are the ones that are filmed in great locations that make you want to go visit there. It’s an added bonus if you’ve been there already, of course. I tend to prefer movies that take place in one city or region rather than the world-wide locations found in a movie like, for instance, many of the James Bond adventure. You don’t really get a good feel for a place in those which only have a few scenes before scooting off to the next city or country.
One of my favourites of this type is Only You, released in 1994 and starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. It’s a Romantic Comedy and fairly predictable as are they all but I really like it. I always liked RDJ and Marissa Tomei as well.
The premise of the movie involves a woman, Faith, who, when she was a little girl, always believed in soul mates and was told by a Ouija Board and later by a fortune teller, the name of her future husband, Damon Bradley. She believes in Destiny on the whole but never meets him and gets engaged to a less than soul-mate-ish man but just before her wedding, she takes a phone call from someone who says he’s a former classmate of her fiance and his name is Damon Bradley. It’s Fate! It’s Destiny! Faith takes it on, er, faith, that this is meant to be and goes on a wild goose chase all over Italy to find Mr. Bradley, dragging her sister-in-law with her. Does she find Damon Bradley? Does she marry the boring podiatrist or does she find that through her quest to find the man she thinks is her soul mate, she will meet her true soul mate? (oh, come on, you should already know the answer to all of these questions!)
The locations you see are Venice, Rome, Positano, Sienna and a few more. It’s a wonderful tour around Italy. At the time the movie was released, I had only been to Rome briefly. Two years later I went on a bus tour around Italy and saw many of the places in the film. Now that I’ve recently been to Rome again, I’m going to have to find the movie and watch it again! And if that movie doesn’t make you want to visit Italy, here’s a few more that might:
Summertime, with Katherine Hepburn. This takes place in Venice.
Wings of a Dove with Helena Bonham Carter, which also takes place partly in Venice
Letters to Juliet with Amanda Sefried which takes place in Verona and Tuscany
Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn filmed in Rome
Those are ones that I’ve enjoyed but there are many, many more.