Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A heartbroken American in Florence gets involved in a dangerous local sport -- and with an alluring local woman.
The language school where the film was shot - the Michelangelo Istituto di Lingua e Cultura Italiana - is the same language school where the writer/director Evan Oppenheimer studied when he lived in Florence.
In the scene of them out on the river, double sculling under the Ponte Vecchio, it was clear that the long shot was of guys who knew how to scull, but that in the close ups we could see that the actors didn't have a clue, especially Ercole (Brett Dalton) who really made it look like a Labour of Hercules! They were quite obviously so incompetent that some form of float had been attached to the boat to prevent them from capsizing. This appeared to be of a light coloured wood, and was clearly visible in two shots, one out on the river and another as they returned to the dock. In fact, once back at the dock they both drew their oars in out of the water while still sitting in the boat, something no sculler or rower would ever do, as it would almost certainly flip over (without that poorly concealed float attached). It is always necessary to get out of the boat while the oars are still all the way out on the water.
The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. Except the clueless American tourists, who are still probably wandering around looking for Santa Croce
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