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Rarely does a city’s internal life come alive as in this expansive film by Chris Felver. Rhapsodic and poetic, the film highlights Rome in the context of the many painters, sculptors, and conceptual artists who have made the eternal city a backdrop for continuing the revolution of the image.

Beginning with Forma Uno, a group of artists working just after the end of World War Two, and moving through three successive generations, the city speaks its mind. Together, they constitute a lively and animated discussion of the varied currents that make up the creative process. Giulio Turcato, Sandro Chia, Pietro Consagra, Janis Kounellis, Enzo Cucchi, and Fabbio Mauri, Pasolini’s collaborator, are among the artists featured here.

The artists converse on the Roman past and its reverberations today as a powerful source for their inspiration. Numerous layers of meaning and passion converge here. The result is a unity tied to the restless nature of the creative mind probing for answers, posing questions, and standing back to witness civilization’s splendor. Giovanni Carandente, Director of the Venice Biennale and Spoleto Festival narrates the film, putting each artist in historical and artistic perspective. Taken By the Romans intrigues and brings the Roman sky down to eye level.