<em>The Vatican Museums</em>

The Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums | I Musei Vaticani

Italian Film Festival 2022
  • Tue 21 Jun 2022
  • 3:30—4:40PM
  • Len Lye Cinema
  • Rating: Exempt
  • In line with current New Zealand restrictions for cinemas, conditions of entry to all Cinema screenings under the Covid-19 Protection Framework are:
  • o Face coverings to be worn
  • General $17.00
  • Concession $12.00 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
  • Booking recommended
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  • To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

The Vatican Museums is a mega-production by a team of 40 professionals who travelled hundreds of miles in the cultural setting of the Vatican Museums while filming some of the most rare and precious works of art in the world, spanning all civilizations and epochs.

Works by Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Caravaggio are the stars of this guided visit to the Vatican Museums, shot with the latest 3D equipment. This historic documentary film illuminates and chronicles the great journey of the human spirit, a guided tour of the world's most spectacular and sacred repository of art, history, and faith.

The logical starting point of the film is the statue of Laocoon and His Sons, from antiquity. It was unearthed in the early 16th century in Rome and was bought by Pope Julius II, who placed it in a courtyard that he’d transform into a sculpture garden that would later become the foundation of the Vatican’s enormous art collection.

Shown from various angles, with dramatic lighting and even more dramatic zooms and accompanying music, the ancient sculpture certainly impresses in 3D, through a voiceover (by Simone d’Andrea in the original version) and occasional direct-to-camera commentary by Professor Antonio Paolucci, the director of the Vatican Museums. An interesting tidbit offered is that the popes started to collect ancient art because they saw themselves as the heirs of the Roman emperors, with their Catholic empire also an empire sine fine.

2014 | Documentary | 80 min | Dir. Marco Pianigiani

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<em>The Vatican Museums</em>

The Vatican Museums

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