Sara Magister used a creative and fun method to explore the beautiful and historic areas of Rome using scenes in the classic movie, "Roman Holiday". The history, importance, location, and current status (in modern Rome) of many of my favorites sites were covered, (e.g., Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Mouth of Truth, the Wall of Wishes). She switched back and forth to contrast how the sites appeared in the movie with how they appear now. I learned that things that were possible to do back in the '50s were not permissible anymore (like parking cars in front of the Vatican)! Of course! Sara also added commentary about ancient structures, geography, archaeological sites, and the daily life of inhabitants. A most enjoyable frolic on a Thursday morning! Loved it.
One of my favorite presenters has come up with a most engaging way to present some of Rome's highlights. Sparkling and original
Dr. Magister’s knowledge of and affection for Rome was both informative and delightful. Fun to learn of the three different buildings used for the “palace scenes”, and to see interiors, exteriors, and their history of ownership. I never knew that the “Mouth of Truth” was actually an ancient sewer cover, nor that Gregory Peck’s “loss of hand” in the scene was an unrehearsed surprise to Audrey Hepburn!
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Wonderful balance of fun and facts, history and happy images. Always a pleasure to be educated and simultaneously entertained by Dr. Sara Magister, and once again she delivered a delightful presentation. (And the timing could not have been better -- we all needed a bit of pleasure at the end of a stressful week ! )