The relationship between Itálica, cinema and the television industry has come to the fore following the filming of the series Juego de Tronos in 2016. However, it is little known that this link comes from previous years. Already in 1981, Plácido Domingo had toured the galleries of the Italian amphitheatre singing an aria from the opera Fidelio in his Homenaje a Sevilla (Hommage a Seville 1991), characterized as the prisoner Florestán. Later, in 1985, Itálica hosted the shooting of several sequences of the series Dardanelos (Harem, the Loss of Innocence), starring Omar Sharif and Ava Gardner. Recently, the shooting of Juego de Tronos (2016) and La Peste (2017), and the short film on bullfighting Amanece (2017), have been developed in the Conjunto Arqueológico de Itálica..
From October 11, 2018 to January 13, 2019, the photographic exhibition ITÁLICA DE CINE, a visual tour of the films, series and short films filmed in the Archaeological Ensemble of Itálica since the early 80's of the last century, can be visited.
This selection of photographs shows final scenes and preparations for the shootings, illustrating the various phases of the productions developed in Itálica. Among them there is a wide chronological range, this sample allows us to appreciate, among other details, the current tendency to resort to the virtual treatment of the images, in addition to making a visual journey through the evolution of the site, documenting elements and constructive structures that the successive archaeological research and restoration campaigns carried out in Itálica have allowed to bring to light.
The photographic works are distributed both in the reception centre and in the galleries of the Roman amphitheatre, being arranged in some of the places where these scenes were filmed or making of works were carried out. This fact offers the visitor the opportunity to take a different route through the archaeological vestiges, directly reliving scenes from these cinematographic productions.
This exhibition has been curated by Daniel González Acuña and Fernando Panea, on behalf of the Archaeological Ensemble of Itálica, and has had the collaboration, through the cession of part of its photographic funds, of ABC de Sevilla, Atípica Films, Fresco Films and Movistar+.