Monthly Archives: October 2008

HALLOWEEN in ROME

Our Author. Rhodora

For who did not know it, tomorrow will be the night of Halloween.

Halloween is the name of a popular pre-Christian party, but now tipically American and Canadian. Often considered as a commercial party that does not belong to us for the origin not for sure Italic, It is celebrated as an appointment, and even if many people are contrary to celebrate it and the debate is open every year, it is anyway a good reason to have fun! And Rome is ready to celebrate the night of witches and zombie with many programs:

“The Heineken Halloween night� is a fixed appointment in many cities, between these Rome is on the top of the list for the participation of many pubs, and Heineken this year will take place just in the capital.

Tenebria film festival is a festival of Italian cinema noir. The projections of the movies will be show at “Teatro piccolo Re di Roma�.Halloween Pumpkin

 

The “Asian Horror- The Xtreme dvd Colletion� is an event organized in many cities like Milan, Turin, Bologna and Rome. In some of the movie theatre of these cities will be projected some horror movie such as “The Call-2 and “ The Premonition�. If you want to watch an horror movie in Halloween, in Rome you have to go to the Metropolitan Cinema (Via del Corso). The price for the ticket is 5 euros per person.

For those who want to dance and have fun in discos, some of the most important discos in Rome are organizing many “Halloween Parties�, discos as Gilda, Akab, Qube and Piper, are ready to entratain you with music and drinks.HappyHalloween

But Halloween is mostly a party for the children, for them, the Zoo of Rome organized a special evening! The staff of the Zoo will organize games and shows to celebrate Halloween with the animals (also spiders, bats and snakes!!!)

Take this opportunity and visit the Eternal City on this enchanted nights. I suggest you a nice small family cosy hotel in the heart of the City-Lucci Hotel in Rome.

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Gladiator’s Tomb is found!

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What can be surprising when it comes to talk about evidence of the past one could find in Rome ?

You might remeber that film (see the picture)…Yes, that one. Russel Crowe was named Maximus Decimus Merida, but that was not the real name of the Gladiator. 

A great discovery was made recently in Rome by a group of Archeologists! The tomb of the Roman commander who inspired the Gladiator of Ridley Scott, a magnificent funerary monument that came to light on the Via Flaminia, in the Eternal City.

The inscription discovered in the marble mauseoleo, give the name of Marcus Nonius Macrinus, the soldier Roman patrician, who would be named many centuries later as Maximus Decimus Merida, the heroe with the face Russel Crowe, to fight in the arena..
The archaeologist of the Superintendence of Rome, Daniela Rossi announced in a press conference at the headquarters of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage this "exceptional discovery" this month. "It’s been at least twenty or thirty years since pieces of such importance were found in Rome"

image The monument is located close to Vitorchiano street and was discovered by chance during the construction of a building. The works had been stopped immediatly.
It is remarkable not only because of the beauty of the pieces considered individually , with fragments finely decorated, but also for the fact mentioned by Daniela Rossi: ‘’It is possible to recreate the whole monument. The tomb has been kept almost intact, this was produced by the action of the silt of the Tiber, the tomb had been covered by a flood’’.

So this flood, almost two thousands years ago, give us now in the present the chance to know a little bit more about the life of Mister Marcus Nonius Macrinus.

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Do not miss this opportunity and visit this tomb, once you are in Rome.

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Rome Film Festival

Festival Cinema Rome 2008

Our blogger is : Nic

FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DEL FILM DI ROMA

Italian film stars are set to take the limelight at this year’s Rome Film Festival but that doesn’t mean there won’t be room for the Hollywood giants.

Al Pacino has been named as one of the leading guests at the festival this October and he will be meeting fans in the flesh as part of a newly created section called “L’altro Cinema” – meaning “other cinema”. It looks to give film fanciers a different look at the silver screen, featuring displays, clips and interviews with a handful of movie stars and special effects production staff.

Joining Al, who famously played mob boss Michael Corleone in the Godfather, will be Italian actors Toni Servillo and Carlo Verdone.

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The Rome Film festival, which is in its third year, has recently been in the news worldwide following a radical shake-up to its programme. It will now have a closer emphasis on Italian film rather than international premieres, a decision which was taken by the festival’s new president, Gian Luigi Rondi.

The biggest sign of the change is of course shown in the festival’s new title – Festival Internazionale Del Film Di Roma – as opposed to the Rome Film Festival which is the English translation.

The change is also clearly demonstrated in the chosen opening and closing films – led by Italian sex symbol, Monica Belluci. Her new film, L’uomo Che Ama, which is directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi, will open the festival on October 22.

Monica, who has recently been posing in a series of kinky lingerie TV ads, stars alongside Pierfrancesco Favino and Kseniya Rappoport.

Meanwhile the closing film will be Huit or “Eight”, a film inspired by the eight millennium development goals decided by the United Nations.

Other international highlights include Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes in “The Duchess”, a film about the 18th century Duchess of Devonshire. Bob Marley will also be on the lips of many film fans as “Bob Marley Exodus 77” is revealed for the first time. Anthony Wall’s widely anticipated film retraces the life of the reggae king.

Fans are not just being asked to watch movies this year – they’ll also get a chance to vote for the best film in the official section. The one with the most votes will be awarded the Golden Marc’Aurelio award at the closing ceremony of the Rome Movie Festival on October 31.

The festival takes place in the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Viale Pietro de Coubertin.

For a full movie programme, and how to buy tickets, visit the official Rome Cinema Festival

Read related blogs :

Venice Film Festival

Independent Film Festival Rome

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The temple of Dioscuri

 

Our author: Stefanoimage

As a continuation of a good tradition, I will keep telling you the stories of the famous places and monuments in Rome. I have already mentioned once the Dioscuri theme, but this time I would like to deepen and enrich your knowledge! So, let’s talk about the Dioscuri Temple.

The temple of Dioscuri is a temple of the Roman Forum in ancient Rome. It is better known as a temple of Càstori. 

Castor and Pollux are two characters of Greek and Roman mythology, twin sons of Zeus and Leda, known primarily as the Diòscuri, namely “sons of Zeus.”

Really, some claim that the twins would have originated from Tindaro, king of Sparta, having as sister Elena, subject of contention in Troy, and Clitennestra. Others tell that only Pollux and sister Elena were sons of Zeus, and therefore immortal; Castor and Clitennestra were therefore sons of Tindaro and intended to death.

The Dioscuri participated in many battles and many temples and statues were dedicated to them (we can remember the Dioscuri’s groups in Capitol Hill).

In Rome, the temple was the southeast corner of the square of the Forum, near the source of Giuturna, its official name was aedes or templum Castoris ( “temple” or “Sanctuary of Càstore”), but in the sources is reflected also appointed as “aedes Castorumâ€? or “aedes Castoris et Pollucisâ€? and was dedicated to Dioscuri.

The temple was built for a vote offered by the dictator Aulo Postumio Albo in 499 or 496 BC, before the famous battle of Regillo.
He was one among those who fought and won against the Tarquinio Superb in the battle of Lake Regillo between in 499 BC and 496 BC: own on this occasion was appointed dictator.
This victory earned him the triumph, which he dedicated to Ceres and the nickname “Regillense” which completed its name. He was consul in 496 BC. This victory was important immaginefor the future of Rome, much to be celebrated even in the years to come, during the empire. To understand the importance of the Temple in question, one must first understand the importance of Dioscuri. Their worship, born in Sparta, quickly spread throughout the Magna Grecia, especially given that were believed protectors of sailors: the myth recounts fact that Poseidon gave them the power to dominate the wind along the sea. They are two warriors generally represented in heroic nudity with the head frigio pointed headgear. Usually are accompanied by a horse, from a helmet-shaped shell (remember the myth that would be born from an egg together with her sister Elena) and a cloak. Many times bear with it a spear. It is said that after the battle of Lake Regillo there was an appearance of Dioscuri with their horses at the source Giuturna, precisely in the space of the temple.

The temple had a great deal of importance in the years to follow, because on July 15, the anniversary of the battle, it was tradition that the equites play a pompous procession on horseback towards the temple, as it were deemed to Temple of the Dioscuri - Tempio dei Dioscuritheir protectors. The parade was established by Fabius Maximus Rullianus in 304 BC and even then the temple was always tied to the class of equites.
It was used in 160 BC as a place of meeting of the Senate and in the same period before the temple was established an important court. Throughout the first century BC was more a function of public building, but was always linked to political life.

Currently remain, the building rebuilt by Tiberius, three columns of the side along East and the core of the podium and it can be found in the ancient city of Rome Italy, at the foot of Palatine Hill.  Commonly referred to as the “Three Sisters”, the remaining three Corinthian columns provide an indication of how beautiful the Temple of the Dioscuri must have been.

Picasso in Rome

 

Our Author: Marcelo

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“There are only two bad things that can happen in life, one is to be Pablo Picasso the other one is not to be Salvador Dalí”. That is one of the things that Salvador Dali used to say (as a joke we suspect) about Picasso, his friend, a great artist who have translated his works and ideals into different world views.

Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in Malaga (Spain) in 1881, his father was a professor of drawing. He soon moved to La Coruna and then to Barcelona, where the young Paul began his artistic studies in an academic style and quickly contact groups modernists who change their form of expression.

In 1900 he moved to Paris for a short period of time. Upon returning to Barcelona, begins to work on a series of works in which he observed the influences of all the artists he has known or whose work has seen. He is like a sponge that absorbs everything, but it does not hold anything since is looking for a personal style. Between 1901 and 1907 developed the Blue Stage and Stage Rosa, characterized by the use of these colours. The painting of these initial years of the twentieth century is undergoing continuous changes. So he decided to start with Cézanne and imagehe is going to develop a new formula pictorial alongside his friend Braque: cubism.

But just when Picasso is seen as a great revolutionary and when all the painters are interested in cubism, he cares about the classicism. The 1925 surrealist movement is not caught unaware by him, and although not openly participate, it will serve as a break with the above, in introducing his work distorted figures. His relationships with women, and the social situation, in very tumultuous times, will affect his work very seriously.

The Spanish Civil War and the bombing of Guernica moved him in such special way that resulted in the realization of the most famous work of contemporary art. Paris was his refuge for a long time. He died in Mougins in 1973, when preparing two exhibitions, demonstrating their creative abilities to the end, in his own words:’’ Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working. ‘’ image

The Museum Vittoriano in Rome reopened the season with the exhibition: Picasso 1917-1937, that will be held from 10 October 2008 to 8 February 2009. The years between the two great wars is a really crucial moment in his long career. During this twenty years, Picasso was going through several artistic phases. One of the aims of this exhibition is to show that this was his way of responding to many instances: return on (neoclassicism), abstraction, Surrealism, Expressionism, and so on. 
For more info, you can contact this telephone number :066780664 or just send email to: museo.vittoriano1 @ tiscali.it

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