Detail

Title ID 5114Collection ID702
TitlePortrait of Venice
Date1970; 1971
CollectionJohn Midderigh
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionTravel
ThemeTravel
KeywordsAnimals Boats Bridges Buildings Canals Commemorative Events Communities Cultural Events Cultural Heritage Harbours Holidays Houses Industry Interiors Labour Memorials Monuments Religious Buildings Rivers Street Trading
Location
LocalVenice Morano
NationalItaly Europe
Credits
ProductionJohn Midderigh
CameraJohn Midderigh
NarratorJohn Midderigh
FormatColour Sound
Duration00:36:35:12
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

This amateur travelogue-style documentary film explores the Italian city of Venice, supported by a voice-over narrative with music soundtrack. The film tours the canals, churches and markets of the city providing an historical overview of the construction and occupation of the islands. Views of the 'Regatta Storica' in 1971 are also shown.

Description

The film tours the canals, churches and markets of the city, providing an historical overview of the construction and occupation of the Italian islands. Filmed in 'Supermidavision' Anamorphic aspect ratio 2.66:1, with some out of focus shots.

The film opens on the Rialto Market and Campi in the Campo Santa Margherita, with traders selling their fresh produce to the public. The voice-over explains the naming convention for markets and squares based on the name of the local church.

The film takes a tour of Venice on a water bus from the Station (San Lucia?) to Piazza San Marco (EN: St Lucia Station to St Mark's Square) on the Grand Canal passing: Ponte degli Scalzi, Pescheria (fish) market, Fondaco dei Tedeschi. Views show San Giacomo de Rialto church, Ponte di Rialto (bridge) and water traffic passing underneath. Visit to the Rio's on the South West side of the city that includes a brief visit to the Isle of Burano and a glassblowing factory in Murano (dark interior shots) before returning to explore more of the waterways with exterior shots of the Baroque Ca'Reezzonico museum and art gallery follow, with the 'Ponte dell’Accademia' (Academy Bridge) and the Basicilla de Santa Maria della Salute (Church of St Mary of Health) in monument to the plague victims. highlights of the 'Regatta Storica' held on the Grand Canal in September 1971 and moving on to tour Venice on foot away from the canals exploring the historical piazzi and architecture.

The film closes on time-lapse footage of boats moored and moving along the Grand Canal at sunset. End title: The End.