This week Lisa Fantino from Wanderlust Women’s Travel Dreams is here to share with us about one of her Favorite Italian Films. It’s perfect for those of you who love old films, love Italy and love traveling vicariously through movies. (Yes, yes … and yes!)
I love movies, old movies, new movies, classics, thrillers and romance. They are meant to entertain and who cares if they teach us anything in the process. Often, however, they can give us glimpses into another time when mores varied so greatly from what they are today.
Rome Adventure is one of those movies. Released in 1962, it stars Susanne Pleshette as Prudence and Troy Donohue as Don. Prudence is a young lady of marriage age (I can’t believe I just typed that) who travels to Rome in search of adventure, following dismissal from her school librarian job for giving a student a romance novel (oh, the shame!). Pleshette is charming as the perfect ingénue of the day and is quite independent, defending the message behind the romance novel in question:
“It simply expresses what’s hiding in every girl’s heart. The fear of loneliness. The wish for womanhood and fulfillment and the need to be loved, that’s all.”
Right then and there she quits her job and sets sail on her own romantic journey. Along the way, she awakens her lust for life, so to speak, in a number of ways. Yet, she is coy enough, or should I say wise enough, to avoid the wiles of Roman cad Roberto, colorfully played by Rossano Brazzi, and surrenders to the romance of Don who sows his wild oats with his ex-strumpet, played by Angie Dickinson, before returning to Prudence.
The scenery is breathtaking. Rome Adventure is full of panoramas, both city and the country, and takes full advantage of all the views Italy has to offer, unlike today’s big budget flicks which focus on computer generated imagery and indoor studio shots. Rome Adventure is all about coming alive in the Eternal City and enjoying all it has to offer……..unlike “Eat, Pray, Oivay,” which barely gives a glimpse of the country’s lush surroundings.
Watching this film nearly 50 years after its release makes me realize how far women have come in society. Then, they were romantics but always needed a man to make them “safe.” Now, we are still romantic but firmly footed in setting our own path.
Lisa Fantino is an award-winning journalist and attorney and the Italian travel consultant and creative force behind Wanderlust Women Travel and the recently launched Amalfi destination wedding site, Wanderlust Weddings. Her love of Amalfi has also inspired her to gather sterling silver jewelry and gifts inspired by the blues of the region at Amalfi Blu. She also writes travel features for MNUI Travel Insurance and blogs as Lady Litigator.