World Film Locations: Florence, by Alberto Zambenedetti.
No Italian film lover will want to leave for Florence, Italy without Alberto Zambenedetti’s thoroughly unique book that contains a collection of essays and locations and descriptions of movie scenes filmed in that city.
Hundreds of films have been shot in Florence, many that are very popular with American audiences, like A Room With A View, Under The Tuscan Sun, and Life Is Beautiful and with Zambenedetti’s help, we can enjoy the city and walk in the footsteps of the filmmakers who created them. With its layer upon layer of history, arts and architecture, and the beauty of its landscape and surrounding countryside, the only surprise is that more films haven’t been made here.
Serious Italian film buffs wiill enjoy checking out the filming locations of Italian films like La Meglio Gioventù (The Best of Youth), and films from Italian cinema’s golden era. With this book Italian film fanatics can step into their favorite movies, and get a great tour of the city at the same time.
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The books author, Zambenedetti, is originally from Venice and moved to the United States to pursue a degree in Cinema Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He stayed on for a PhD in Italian Studies also at NYU, and completed that in 2012.
He began his career at Ohio’s Oberlin College in 2014 as Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. Before joining Oberlin College he taught Italian Cinema at the University of Toronto, at CUNY’s College of Staten Island, and at New York University.
The idea of editing World Film Locations Florence came from his experience working for NYU’s study abroad programs, spending two summers there. He returned to Florence for seven consecutive years in January with another study abroad program also at NYU, the Freshmen Scholars Presidential Honors Program. In those years Florence became a bit of a second home for him, and thought dedicating World Film Locations book to the city would be a great addition to the series after Venice and Rome (he also contributed to those volumes).
He assembled a team of some of the finest scholars of Italian cinema to write the book and sees it just at home in the bibliography of an academic volume as in the back pocket of a film location tourist who wants to “find” cinema in the city.
He’s now editing the Cleveland, OH installment in the series , slated for a fall of 2016 release. Zambenedetti says “It will be a surprisingly rich addition to the series, and the plan is to launch it at the Cleveland Cinematheque. John Ewing, the Cinematheque’s director, has helped me a great deal, and he has supported the project since its inception.”
For more information about the Cleveland edition : https://www.facebook.com/WFLCleveland/.