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Power of Rome - Film Review (ST. ALi Italian Film Festival 2022)

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Enjoy this Italian Film Festival at Palace Cinemas
Palace Cinemas brings you the 2022 ST. ALi Italian Film Festival this September and October. See this festival of Italian cinema and culture at Palace Cinemas, Cinema Nova, Palace Nova and Luna Palace cinemas in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Byron Bay.

There are several movies in this festival and one movie I watched is Power of Rome, a documentary of the history of Rome with a Shakespearean feel in some scenes and modern in others. Narrated by Edoardo Leo, who is also the main character along with Giorgia Spinelli, who plays a crew member making the documentary, you'll see how Edoardo wonders 'what if?' Would Rome be the same city had Caesar not been killed? This movie is in Italian with English subtitles.

The beauty of Rome is evident as Edoardo moves through his city in one day and night. The popular tourist spots are seen by him in a different light as he ruminates what may have happened if Caesar had not been killed. He actually leaves the set much to the concern of all the crew. He wants to find answers to the past of his city.

Rome's beauty is interspersed with scenes tracing the Roman Empire and its emperors from the imperial creation of Augustus, the mad emperor Nero through to Marcus Aurelius.

This documentary is a fascinating look at the history of Rome

As Edoardo roams through Rome's magnificent streets, from the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and St Peters Basilica, you see the faces and voices of the Roman Gods, the emperors. These speeches are haunting and surreal.

The documentary has a grand, cinematic feel that showcases Rome. See how Rome is depicted as a city that has fallen more than once but risen to be the power that it is. The people of Rome are proud of their history and this comes across in the speeches and Edoardo's narration.

If you enjoy Italian movies and are a history buff, you won't be disappointed by Power of Rome. Let Edoardo lead you through his city and be as fascinated as he is by its glorious past.

Enjoy the other movies along with this one. Tickets are available here. Photo and video are courtesy of the website.
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Why? Enjoy an Italian film festival
When: From 13 Sept to 16 Oct 2022
Where: Sydney and other cities
Cost: Price of a movie ticket
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