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Doesn't Ring True
on 6 March 2012
Judging by the plethora of five star reviews this DVD has recieved nobody is going to like me for giving it just one star; but
I do have my reasons. Apart from anything else the characters simply do not ring true and maybe this has something to do with the film being a box office failure. Throughout the performance one gets the distinct feeling that everything is contrived. It's as if someone had taken Venice and squeezed it into a mouse-sized trap where even the Doge has become rodentiformed. The actors give every impression of just going through the motions without truly identifying with the characters and making them real. The viewer is unable to identify with them because they are mere shadows of reality and, as the performance continues, the viewer becomes increasingly aware that he/she is being dished up with some kind of an Americanised Venice inhabited by Americanised people bearing little resemblance to the real place and its true people. And, by the way, I have been there.
Even the sex scenes are ridiculous. If people really went about their sex lives in the manner portrayed in the film I should think it would have put them off copulation for the rest of their lives. However, I'm pleased that so many people seem to enjoy this film. Nevertheless, there will be people, like myself, who will see through the charade and go and search elsewhere for more realistic and thoughtful presentations and performances more in keeping with the real Venice and the Italian people. After all, Venice is in Italy and not in America.