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Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 8 View Series View This Episode

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The directors talk about the important role the sea played in their films. Another element that played an important part was color, used to express feelings and situations.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 11 View Series View This Episode

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We're in Assisi, where, during some excavations, a domus was discovered. It's clear it belonged to a wealthy family because of the richness of the wall and floor decorations, and might even have been the home of the poet Propertius.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

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Domenico tells his story to the audience, and to us, as he takes us back to when he was a youth. There was one movie theater in town, and he was always there.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 7 View Series View This Episode

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The Taviani brothers talk about how their movie "Under the Sign of Scorpio" was received at the Venice film festival, and about their location scouting for the film.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 10 View Series View This Episode

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With a look at one of the greatest Etruscan masterpieces in the Villa Giulia museum, we take our leave of Rome to journey to the Umbrian city of Assisi, or, as it was called in Roman times, Assisium.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno - Ep. 1 - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

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This biopic about Domenico Modugno, one of the most beloved Italian pop singers of all time, best known for his hit song, Volare, begins with a hymn to life. Enjoy!

Eleonora - Prendersi cura dei cavalli View Series

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Italy

Horses are large animals, but they are delicate, too. Keeping them healthy and in good condition requires a series of essential measures of different kinds. Eleonora takes us through some of them.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 6 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

In nineteen sixty-nine they made a different kind of film, "Under the Sign of Scorpio," and needed a special place to film it in. The whole cast, together with the directors, felt a particular sense of community both during and after the filming.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 9 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

The Etruscans were influenced by other ethnic groups, particularly the Greeks. On display in the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, we find evidence of this in the terracotta objects and fine gold jewelry and precious objects dating from the period.

Eleonora - Igor e Gloriosa View Series

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Eleonora introduces us to her two horses. She tells the story of how they came to be part of her life.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 5 View Series View This Episode

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Actor Giulio Brogi talks about how his role in "The Subversives" mirrored his character at the time. The Taviani brothers describe how they found another actor in that film, young Lucio Dalla, the famous (and now deceased) singer-songwriter.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 8 View Series View This Episode

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We get a look at the tomb, in terracotta, of a noblewoman. The clay allows for detail, where tombs in Macco do not. We then go to Rome, to the most important Etruscan museum, where we see once again, what an important role the afterlife played in the lives (and deaths) of the Etruscans.

Eleonora - I miei cavalli View Series

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Eleonora tells us about how she combines her love for animals, especially horses, with a path to a career.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

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San Miniato is where the Taviani brothers were born, but it was also the birthplace of their careers in filmmaking. Their first was a documentary and right away they had some problems with censorship.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 7 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

We're still in Tarquinia and we visit the tomb of Aninas. We gain some insight into the alphabet the Etruscans used, allowing us to recognize some names, but unfortunately, they didn't leave much in the way of writings to allow us to know much more.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

The Taviani brothers talk about how, as young movie lovers, they would grab their bikes and go to whatever movie theater in the area was showing their favorite films. Then they had to go to the big city, Rome, to pitch their first documentary. They learned a valuable lesson.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 6 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

This magnificent, colorful tomb, twenty-five hundred years old, depicts a banquet in honor of the deceased, clearly a young man. It's a virtual time capsule.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

The Taviani brothers lived through the war, so they had a good feel for the terror people felt. But as kids they were also very much affected by the movies offered at the time.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 5 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

The Matuna family tomb contains many plaster reproductions of everyday objects, adding to the story of how the Etruscans lived. We move on to Tarquinia, where the tombs were carved out of a sedimentary limestone called Macco, allowing the colorful wall paintings to be preserved.

Fratelli Taviani - La passione e l'utopia - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

This documentary is about 2 brothers — the Taviani brothers — who are famous for having made many award-winning Italian movies. The short clips from their films will surely entice us to see the complete movies in the original Italian. Perhaps the most famous one is La Notte di San Lorenzo from 1982, whose English language release had the title: the Night of the Shooting Stars.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

One of the most famous tombs is that of the Matuna family. The reproductions and depictions of objects found there, ranging from everyday tools to ceremonial and funereal ones, allows us a glimpse of what life would have been like in this ancient civilization.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

There were different kinds of tombs built by the Etruscans. Alberto Angela explains how and why they were made the way they were. He also takes us into one of the most famous and beautiful Etruscan tombs.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

The Etruscans were an important part of Italy's ancient history, and its lands extended for a large expanse of the peninsula. We visit Banditaccia a Cerveteri, a necropolis north of Rome.

Meraviglie - EP. 6 - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

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Italy

This episode takes us to Sardinia where we see the ancient, majestic stone buildings, unique to Sardinia, called nuraghi.

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