Lights, cameras, action!
"The neighborhood that I like most is Garbatella," says director Nanni Moretti in his movie "Caro Diario," written, directed and performed by the director in 1993. Moretti goes around in the streets in the area between via Ostiense and Cristoforo Colombo, also stopping in Piazza Damiano Sauli, driving his Vespa scooter in a sunny day. Here Moretti had already shot some scenes of the movie "Bianca", with Laura Morante, in 1984, in front of the school "Cesare Battisti".
Girls and boys of Garbatella
Nanni Moretti was not the only, nor the first one, who talked about the Garbatella neighbourhood. Back in the 50's Luciano Emmer wrote the story of some girls, "Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna", with Lucia Bose, Renato Salvatori, Marcello Mastroianni and Eduardo De Filippo. One of them, Marisa, lived in Piazza Sapeto, lot 23; right in front of the building where she lived, there were meetings, disputes and neighborhood gossip. The strong smell of these streets is just perceived, softened by the romantic and dreamy tones of the plot. Paolo Heusch and Brunello Rondi, in the movie "Una vita violenta," based on the novel by Pier Paolo Pasolini, set the plot in Garbatella too. The main character kills his rival, the postman, from the nearby Tor Marancia, in Via Francesco Passino. In 2005 Michele Placido with his movie "Romanzo criminale" choose via Giovanni Maria Percoto in Garbatella as the home of one of the characters, Freddo (actor Kim Rossi Stuart).
C'eravamo tanto amati
Before leaving, pass under the arch of Sant'Eurosia square and go back to the school "Cesare Battisti". This is where Ettore Scola chose to set one of the final scenes of "C’eravamo tanto amati" where the three main characters meet again after many years and take part to the night sit-in with some families in list for school enrollment . Around the fire and the warm sound of a guitar, Luciana, (actress Stefania Sandrelli) meets again Gianni, her great love, (actor Vittorio Gassman): she is now happily married to Antonio, (actor Nino Manfredi) and together with their best friend Nicola (actor Stefano Satta Flores) recalls the memories of a whole life under the sky of Garbatella.