May 9, 2014

I’m in the process of rediscovering Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1962 masterpiece, Mamma Roma. By way of learning more about this Italian classic, I’ve started researching the locations used in the film. In one scene the young couple Ettore and Bruna meet in a park. The background for their encounter is carefully and fittingly chosen by Pasolini. Two worlds collide. The pair rendezvous among the remains of ancient Rome–specifically the aqueducts of the Aqua Claudia Aqueduct Park.

In the not-so-distant background is the burgeoning Don Bosco quarter of the city. The cityscape is an anonymous wall of apartment blocks. Bruna states that she lives nearby, presumably in the newly built developments. The only identifying feature rising above the background is the domed Basilica di San Giovanni Bosco. The church was under construction when the movie was filmed. Stay tuned for the drawings inspired by this research….

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