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Title: TREVI
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Data: 17 min. col. 16mm; video
Year: 1988
Country of Prod'n: United States
Language: English
Producing Agency: Program for Art on Film, a joint venture of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Trust
Sources: Museum of Modern Art Circ. Film Library; Program for Art on Film; Films Incorporated Video
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Director: Corey Shaff; Richard P. Rogers
Producer: Richard P. Rogers
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Camera: Richard P. Rogers
Editor: Corey Shaff
Music Composer: Martin Bresnick
Art Consultant: John A. Pinto
Addl Credits: Asst. Camera: Poala Bailsaguizi; Assoc. Producer: Roberto Malerba
Synopsis: The Fontana di Trevi in Rome was commissioned by Pope Clement XII Corsini and built between 1732 and 1762 according to the design of Nicola Salvi. Explores relationships between the original meaning and received meanings of this famous monument over time. Uses excerpts from a memorandum written by Salvi and shots of various mythological figures of the fountain to elucidate the iconography. Shows the early dawn cleaning of the fountain, when the water is turned off and coins are swept up. Follows the journey of water from the springs of its source--via the Acqua Vergine, an original Roman acqueduct--to the fountain. Illustrates the Trevi's role as a popular icon with a passage from Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Marble Faun (1860) and a film clip, featuring Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni, from Federico Fellini's LA DOLCE VITA (1960). Concludes with a presentation of the fountain as tourist attraction, with comments from a souvenir seller, a tour guide, and tourists from all over the world. A film by directors Richard Rogers and Corey Shaff and art historian John Pinto.
Genre Film: Documentary
Aud./Grade Level: General
Suggested Uses: General Information
Subject Headings: Sculpture -- Rococo; Fountains -- Europe -- Italy -- Rome -- 18C 1730D 1740D 1750D 1760D

Assoc Concepts: Public art
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Artist on Camera: No
Reviews: Films in Review
Evaluation: As appealing as a family snapshot--a departure from the usual reverent look at a masterpiece. Instead, a relaxed, unpretentious, non-didactic look at the social context of a minor work; a pleasant combination of fact and visual evocation, revealing the history in a casual and entertaining way. Combines the art genre with direct cinema. Perhaps appropriately, more an appreciation, with humor, of a cultural phenomenon than about the fountain as a work of art. (For a cult object like Trevi, which has slipped beyond the control of connoisseurs and art historians, viewer response is part of the meaning of the work.) About the meaning of public art and the way to understand art in the context of a living culture. A little heavy on the sarcastic "funny-tourist" side, a little light on the historical. For some evaluators, too much of a travelogue, but most found it enjoyable. Technical quality, content, and programming potential all judged good to very good.

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