Monday, 09 July 2012 12:35

I due gondolieri a.k.a. Venezia la luna e tu



I due gondolieri (The Two Gondoliers) is an Italian movie released in 1958, directed by Dino Risi, one of the greatest Italian directors (known for Il sorpasso, Poveri ma belli and many others). The film is also known as Venezia la luna e tu (Venice, the Moon and You).


The story is about Nina, a beautiful Venetian woman in love with Bepi, a handsome gondolier who likes to flirt with foreign women. Nina in turn is loved by Toni, a taxi-boat driver, who is favoured by Nina's family. When two beautiful American ladies land on Bepi's gondola for a ride, the affair gets complicated and the planned matrimony of Nina and Bepi becomes in danger.



The movie is starring Alberto Sordi and Nino Manfredi two very popular Italian actors. Despite being famous for their typical Roman accent they act speaking with a funny Venetian accent, though sometimes they slip and revert to their usual and genuine talk.


It is a romantic comedy that doesn't have a particular artistic value but if you like movies such as Summertime I would surely reccomend it. All the film's outside scenes are filmed in Venice: it is entertaining to see many beautiful spots from Santa Lucia station to Saint Mark's square going through Canal Grande to the island of San Giorgio and many ohter locations.


Despite the title, only one of the two main characters is a gondolier as the other one is a motor-boat driver. 


Title: I due gondolieri a.k.a. Venezia la luna e tu - The two Gondoliers a.k.a. Venice the Moon and You
Director: Dino Risi
Starring: Alberto Sordi, Nino Manfredi, Marisa Allasio
Distributed by: Titanus
Country: Italy
Year: 1958
Runtime: 106 min
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Filming Locations: Venice (Canal Grande, Rialto Bridge, San Giorgio Maggiore, Saint Mark's Square, Santa Lucia Station, Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, Sant'Elena Gardens)

It is also interesting to compare the locations filmed in 1958 (with frames from the movie) to how they actually look like more than 50 years later. As you can see from the following images, nothing has changed !


Venezia la luna e tu


Venezia la luna e tu


Venezia la luna e tu


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1 comment

  • Comment Link Andrea Sunday, 07 October 2012 15:13 posted by Andrea

    It is a very nice movie indeed! Even if Venice changes very little over time, the movie is nevertheless a chance to see how the town was more than 50 years ago, when it was inhabited more by indigenous people than by touch-and-go tourists.
    I would like to say hello to Sandra, whom I remember to be the neighbour of a family where my mother was working at. A very nice little girl of 11 or 12 years.
    Those were happy days.
    Ciao, Andrea

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