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Francesco's Venice : Complete BBC Series [DVD]
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A breathtaking journey through the ages, telling the story of one of the world's most famous and beautiful cities. This lavish, landmark series explores how a place with no firm ground, no crops, no indigenous riches and no land army came to snatch success from the jaws of failure time and time again - right up to the present day. Step back in time to early Venice, recreated by the magic of CGI. See wooden houses on stilts replaced by the daring rebuild in stone and brick.
Witness the sacking of Constantinople and the Venice of Casanova, Napoleon, Byron and Mussolini. The stunning recreations and dramatisations in each episode are enriched by insights from charismatic aristocrat, architect and historian Francesco da Mosto. His family has lived in Venice for over a thousand years and, far from having that sinking feeling, he believes passionately in the future of this miraculous city...
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This DVD series (on 2 discs) is devoted to Venice, Francesco's birthplace and the city where he still lives. Apart from stunning photographic coverage of places and interiors, this series attempts to explain what it is like to be a Venetian, a world citizen, but forever bound to this gorgeous, unique sinking masterpiece. A fascinating visual presentation of history and art in a very friendly, companionable way. Francesco acts like a virtual friend taking us round to see the sights. I love these programs and have bought others featuring the same host.
With four hour-long episodes, Da Mosto charts the long and winding course Venice's history. In "Blood", he describes how a little known swamp of a malaria-infested lagoon became a secret hideaway from attackers - the birthplace of Venice. The role of the Doge (leader) of Venice is described in detail, and Da Mosto visits the stunning Doge's Palace. He tells the bloody and gruesome story of probably the most famous Doge - Enrico Dandolo - who was blinded when he went to Constantinople for peace talks, but returned to Venice and continued even stronger in his role.
In "Beauty", Da Mosto describes the arrival of the golden age of art and architecture - when small wooden houses transformed into glittering stone and marble palaces that lined the Grand Canal. Almost overnight, fishermen became successful trading merchants. This was the age of Venice producing the world's most famous artists and most stunning buildings as Titian and Palladio transformed the landscape and image of the city. But problems kept occurring - the killer plague virtually destroyed the city, and the emergence of a new trade route to the east round the Cape of Good Hope cut out Venice from key business relationships.Read more ›
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Interesting viewing for anyone studying Venice.Although made for tv about 10 years ago,it is still very relevant.Published 2 months ago by Richard Lascelles
A must if you are going to Venice. Fascinating history presented with passion.Published 4 months ago by PETER HENDERSON