Rocca Imperiale: The Village of Cinema

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Rocca Imperiale: The Village of Cinema

Rocca Imperiale is a village rich in history with a breathtaking natural landscape. In the summer, taking a dip in its waters just a few kilometers from the historic center is almost mandatory. In medieval times, Rocca Imperiale was very functional for controlling the plain and often changed hands, undergoing continuous sieges. For example, it was set on fire by the Turks in 1644. The area has always been known for its production of lemons, which emit a particular fragrance. In August, there is the renowned poetry festival, a testimony to the cultural fervor of a certain depth. We have already encountered the wonders of Rocca Imperiale with reference to the IGP Lemons, but there are dozens of other reasons to fall in love with it. One, which few know, is purely of a cinematic nature to the point that one could refer to this village as “The Village of Cinema”. In the past, indeed, for the first time, the cameras of one of the most important and historic Italian television broadcasters, if not the first ever, landed in what was defined by the master himself as an “open-air natural set”. Why master? Because the author’s signature is authoritative, one of those that cross oceans and reach Los Angeles. Pupi Avati chose Rocca Imperiale among dozens of locations for the realization of a film that combines ideals and religious “miracle”. All mixed with current issues from which our Southern Italy cannot seem to break free. A strong film, “Le nozze di Laura” (The Wedding of Laura), full of allegorical meanings immersed in a modern and twisted reality. Pupi Avati’s careful direction intertwined these discourses in a new, innovative, and unconventional way. The 90 minutes in which Rocca Imperiale, with its places and its panoramas, entered the eyes and hearts of 4 million 284 thousand viewers are still celebrated over time. After 5 years, the results of what will remain on record as the “first film in Rocca Imperiale” are evident. Arrivals have increased significantly thanks to the film. Thousands of people, simply fascinated by the places used as sets, have decided to visit them by making a detour on the spot.

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