Friday, May 1, 2009

Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage-Arrivederci Venezia

Francesco da Mosto's travelogues are real Marmite TV - you love 'em or hate 'em. It's obviously his heavily accented, free-flowing style of Eengleesh and his Italian charm (or smarm?) that divide audiences because the visuals are always stunning. In this series Francesco retraces the great trading route of one of his ancestors from Venice to Istanbul. Along the way he's going to stop off . . . well, almost everywhere. However, it takes a while for him to leave his beloved Venice because, along with snippets of historical information and glorious photography in the first film, we're treated to numerous cheesy set pieces (Francesco searching for his maps, Francesco packing his case, Francesco's family waving a tearful farewell), before his schooner finally glides out of the Venetian lagoon.

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