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Bread and Tulips

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Silvio Soldini's 2000 Italian drama/romance/comedy (original Italian title 'Pane e Tulipani') starring Licia Maglietta and Bruno Ganz.

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Don't Look Now

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Don't Look Now was filmed in 1973 and based around a Daphne Du Maurier novel. Donald Sutherland plays John Baxter, an architect, Julie Christie his wife: a well-to-do couple whose young daughter drowns while out playing. Cut to Venice, out of season, where the couple encounter a pair of sisters, one of whom claims psychic powers and to have communicated with their dead daughter. The subsequent plot is as labyrinthine as the back streets of the city itself.

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Moonraker

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James Bond blasts into orbit in this pulse-pounding adventure that takes him from Venice to Rio de Janeiro to outer space. Roger Moore stars for the fourth time as Agent 007 and joins forces with NASA scientist Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) to prevent a power-mad industrialist (Michael Lonsdale) from destroying all human life on Earth.

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Senso

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Beautifully filmed romance by Luchino Visconti. In Italian - make sure that the version is playable in your region and read the reviews. Some versions are truncated.

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Summertime (1955)

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This delicately handled love story was legendary director David Lean's first colour film and his own personal favourite. Katherine Hepburn shines in the leading role and both director and star were nominated for Oscars. American spinster Jane Hudson has finally saved enough to take the trip of a lifetime and she hopes Venice will bring a spark of magic into her life. Overwhelmed by the beauty of her surroundings her holiday becomes all the more special when she encounters a charming antiques dealer and is soon swept of her of her feet. Could this be the romance she has waited her whole life for?

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The Tourist

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Venice is the beautiful backdrop to this (comedy?) thriller starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie - although, if you know the city well, you may be distracted by the impossible movement around the city.

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Wings of the Dove

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Helena Bonham-Carter stars in this adaptation of the Henry James novel. Kate (Bonham-Carter) is in love with penniless journalist Merton (Linus Roache). If she marries him, she will have to give up her inheritance and live in poverty. Unwilling to do this, she persuades Merton to romance the dying American heiress, Millie Theale (Alison Elliott), in order that he should receive her fortune when she passes on. However, Kate has not planned for one eventuality - that Merton should fall in love with Millie for real.

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