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Venice VR Expanded
Davide Rapp
-orama (Davide Rapp)
Running Time:
Italian, English
Davide Rapp, Andrea Dal Martello, Giorgio De Marco
Oculus Quest1/Quest 2
Research:Davide Rapp, Giorgio De Marco, Simone Setzi
Motion tracking:Andrea Dal Martello, Giorgio De Marco, Simone Setzi
2D compositing and audio mixing:Andrea Dal Martello
3D compositing and audio spatialisation:Giorgio De Marco


Montegelato is a montage film in VR, the first of its kind. Hundreds of cinematic sequences define a three-dimensional collage of the Monte Gelato waterfalls (Roma) as they have been filmed in more than 180 productions including films, TV series and commercials. From peplum (Hercules in the Haunted World, Mario Bava, 1961) to spaghetti-western (They Call Me Trinity, Enzo Barboni, 1970), from comedy (Between Miracles, Nino Manfredi, 1971) to thriller (Torso, Sergio Martino, 1973), from drama (I Knew Her Well, Antonio Pietrangeli, 1965) to war movies (The Inglorious Bastards, Enzo G. Castellari, 1978), from science fiction (Escape from Galaxy 3, Bitto Albertini, 1981) to erotica (Cicciolina amore mio, Amasi Damiani & Bruno Mattei, 1979): sounds and videos expand in an immersive landscape that transports the Falls in time and space. Here Eve picks the forbidden fruit (Adam and Eve - The First Love Story, Enzo Doria & Luigi Russo, 1983). Here the mythical sword Excalibur is kept (Superfantozzi, Neri Parenti, 1986). Here Chief Yellow Hand has his village (Buffalo Bill - Hero of the Far West, Mario Costa, 1964). History of Cinema and History of Humankind coexist in an unexpected tableau vivant.

Director’s Statement

I have never visited the Monte Gelato waterfalls and yet they have always been familiar to me: since I was a child I have noticed them in the background of dozens of films that have shaped me. For the last five years I have been obsessively accumulating old DVDs, very rare VHSs and brittle Super-8s, trying to compile the complete filmography of a place that cinema has transported to Ancient Greece, the Far West or Nazi-occupied France. Isolated from the films to which they belong, the different scenes are aligned in a layered landscape that through virtual reality expands the limits of the cinematic screen to pay homage to the richness and inventiveness of Italian Cinema.


PRODUCTION 1: Davide Rapp – -orama.
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20121 – Milano, Italia
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PRESS OFFICE: Davide Rapp - -orama.
Via Palermo 1
20121 – Milano, Italia
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