The Po Delta as a film setting


A trail to discover the different natural and artificial landscapes featured in the Po Delta, which have inspired many filmmakers from the 40s until now.

STOP 1_Oasi di Cannevié [UN ETTARO DI CIELO]
In 1958 Aglauco Casadio, charmed by its wild and pristine landscape, chooses the Oasi di Cannevié as perfect setting for his film Un ettaro di cielo, a poetic and picaresque fairy-tale written by Ennio Flaiano and Tonino Guerra, making his debut as script writer.

STOP 2_Pialassa della Baiona, Ravenna [DESERTO ROSSO]
In 1964 Michelangelo Antonioni used the large area included between the industrial district of Ravenna, Porto Corsini and the Pialassa della Baiona, as a large, single set for his masterpiece Deserto Rosso, offering to any careful observer an interesting perspective on the clash between natural landscapes and man-made landscapes. Antonioni identified in the marshes of Pialassa della Baiona and in the beach close to the Pineta di San Vitale the area that could match at best the sense of frailty and insecurity of the protagonist Giuliana (Monica Vitti) in order to increase the dimension of her life crisis.

STOP 3_Industrial area of Ravenna [DESERTO ROSSO]
In order to depict the inability of men to come to terms with a blind and purely progress-oriented society, Antonioni sets the scene for his characters in a strongly industrialized and inhuman context. The industrial area of Ravenna is the backdrop for most of the film: sequences were made along the via della Baiona (the initial scene where workers protest during a march) and the Canale Candiano, where can be seen the chimney and the Hammon cooling tower of SAROM refinery belonging to the former petrochemical site of ANIC (now dismissed).