The idea of Florence in cinema


The itinerary ends on the covered roof terrace, a versatile area, used alternately as a conference room and as a final section dedicated to the cinema. A video lasting approximately 20 minutes reproposes the image of Florence in international cinema through a selection of cut-ups from the most representative films, from Arnaldo Ginna’s Vita Futurista (1916) to Franco Zeffirelli’s Un Thè con Mussolini (1999). The excerpts follow on in chronological order, documenting how the idea of Florence has changed from one decade to the next. From the first avant-garde futurist experiments, the story develops through the image of a picturesque Renaissance city or a contemporary one, often “like a postcard”; stereotypes which, with few exceptions, were repeated until after World War II when, on the wave of the strong impressions made by neo-realism, Italian cinema began to give visibility to a city like Florence which lives and consumes itself in the drama of the present.