With the bells of the campanile clanging in the background, people are congregating in St. Mark's Square in Venice. Some Venetians reminisce about their history with the piazza and the city... See full summary »
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With the bells of the campanile clanging in the background, people are congregating in St. Mark's Square in Venice. Some Venetians reminisce about their history with the piazza and the city as a whole: watching the little iron man strike the bell of the clock in the campanile, which was built in 1912, after the original crashed to the ground in 1902 from an earthquake; having a funeral procession through an adjacent canal for a grandmother on the day of the original campanile falling; seeing trees for the first time, which are scarce in the built-up area of the city; crossing some of the four hundred bridges in the city, the largest being the Rialto; working hard as a gondolier, a job made more lighthearted with a serenade; and living without automobile traffic. And today, some are making their own memories, one being a small child whose pants just won't stay up. Written by Huggo

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3 February 1951 (USA)  »

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17 May 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Voices of Venice (1951)

** (out of 4)

Later-day entry in James A. FitzPatrick's TravelTalks series takes a different approach to what we'd normally see. Instead of FitzPatrick narrating everything, we instead see various sites from Venice with the people themselves narrating what they remember about certain events. These range just from minor things a child remembers about the city to some remember a famous earthquake that struck the place. I must admit that I always feel change can be a good thing but it certainly didn't help this series. There really wasn't anything here that I was overly thrilled with and this includes the new format. I'm not sure how many times they tried something like this but I can't imagine any of them would have worked. What's so distracting is that they've obviously got American actors doing the narration and this is easy to tell because the accents are so forced and fake sounding. After a while they also became quite annoying to listen to. I'm sure having real Italians doing the voices would have helped at least a little but thankfully we have other entries in the series showing off Italy.


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