The Prince of Rome

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The Prince of Rome (Il principe di Roma)

The Prince of Rome (Il principe di Roma)

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Il principe di Roma

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Edoardo Falcone, Paolo Costella, from the novella "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens


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Rome, 1829. Bartolomeo is a wealthy and greedy man, who craves a nobiliary title more than anything else. In an attempt to get the money he needs to strike a secret deal with Prince Accoramboni and obtain the hand of his daughter, he will find himself caught in an astonishing journey straddling past, present, and future. With the help of some rather exceptional companions, he’ll have to come to terms with who he really is, and give his life a completely new meaning.

I have always wanted to make a movie set in Rome in the time of the Pope King. A wish I have had since as a child, my mother took me to see Luigi Magni’s Nell’Anno del Signore.
To bring that world back to life I drew inspiration from a great literary classic: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It all started with a question: what if that hateful Scrooge had lived in Rome instead of London in the nineteenth century?
This idea led to situations, characters and developments that were absolutely original with respect to Dickens’ world.
Conversely, the ghosts remained, and continue to wander for centuries along the streets of the Eternal City to guide our protagonist on an extraordinary adventure across his life.