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Published on Dec 15, 2015
IMPORTANT: This 1974 film lasting 35 minutes, in the first part shows the city of Venice through the eyes of those who lived there, in the second part presents an important historical document that recounts the political events which took place from 1960 to 1970 and which have helped to transform the city of Venice into a container for tourists with fewer and fewer inhabitants.
Title original : LA CITTA' (la mort d'une civilisation urbaine) Year: 1974
Direction: GUIDO VIANELLO with Alberto Castellani, Andrea Pagnacco, Lucio Rosa, Anna Franco.
Interviews: Luciano Lama Wladimiro Dorigo Robert Jaulin (Université Paris VII U.E.R Anthropologie Etnologie)
Duration: 35' minutes / Original format: 16 mm. color
Description: Death in Venice is attributable to a speculative process. A city born, like others to human scale, but where there are no cars, is exploited to make money. Where, over time, the tourist culture replaces the authentic culture of the city. The propaganda for the salvation of Venice, is in reality translated into a speculation to sell buildings and monuments. In this way, the working classes, who are the true urban community of Venice, have been forced to leave. Also those who see having a car and the comforts of modern life a new lease on life also leave. Venice tends to be referred to as a myth, a city to be restored and maintained over time. Therefore the hypothesis formulated at the end of the film is not far fetched: VENICE in the near future, completely restored and made aseptic, is visited by more and more hurried tourists who photograph its facade. But behind the facade there are no longer any inhabitants.
Note: In Venice there are currently approximately 54,000 inhabitants; in 2013 more than 20 million tourists visited the city. Since 1974, when the film was made, approx. 48,000 residents have left Venice's city centre.