Throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain is just part of what brings thousands of tourists to Rome every year. Our colleagues at 06blog.it indulged in a little irony back on April 1st, publishing a piece on the banning of throwing coins in the Trevi Fountain as an April Fool’s joke.
They’re predicting that something of the sort could come true if the continuing coin stealing from the fountain occurs; or even the latest episode when D’Artagnan, infamous coin stealer, climbed the fountain and cut his stomach with a rasor blade as part of a protest against how he has been portrayed in the media.
D’Artagnan is the nom de guerre of Roberto Cercelletta, who even finished in the New York Times for his Trevi Fountain coin stealing efforts back in 2002. In a recurring popular media piece on crime in Italy, he recently reappeared on undercover “journalism” show Le Iene along with suggestions that local Roman police officers themselves are part of the daily Trevi Fountain coin collection problem.
The joke on April 1st was to sign up to an association with the slogan “No More Coins, Much More Desires”. But now our Roman friends and blogging colleagues are actually concerned that their joke might not remain in the realms of just being funny after all, and that a real ban on tossing coins in the Trevi may take place.
The director of the television-film, The Amanda Knox Story, has revealed that no-one in Italy has bought the rights to screen the movie on Italian television. The controversial film is perhaps too delicate for Italy at the moment, especially as the appeal process in the trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher is still going on.
Director, Robert Dornhelm, has said that his television film hasn’t been purchased in Italy, and he’s clearly perturbed at not being furnished any explanation for the missing broadcast. He is keen to clarify what his purpose is in making such a controversial film particularly for a court case that is not yet over.
Dornhelm is no stranger to Italian cinema and has lived in Italy since he was 13 years old, coming with his father who left his native Romania as a fleeing political prisoner. On his latest work, Dornhelm says:
“It’s not reportage, it’s not a documentary, it’s not a television fiction, it’s a true story. I want to describe the protagonists as they come across through the reading of documents. The psychological trip by way of the protagonists is more interesting, in my opinion, than the blood and search for the guilty.”
We will have to wait and see if Dornhelm’s talent and his work is up to his proclaimed task of analysing the psychological aspects of the story. He is says that the film is not intended to speculate on the outcome of the court case or the guilty parties. The Amanda Knox Story will soon be joined by a cinematic film directed by Michael Winterbottom with Colin Firth rumoured to play a key role as a journalist.
Source | ANSA
It’s almost eery seeing these pics for how similar they are to the court case surrounding the death of Meredith Kercher. Meredith was killed on November 1st 2007 in Perugia and since then her flatmate, student from the US Amanda Knox, has been on trial for the murder. Knox’ boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito has also been condemned for the murder, with a sentence of 26 years for Knox and 25 years for Sollecito.
The television movie True Stories: The Trials of Amanda Knox, more commonly known as the Amanda Knox Story, is being directed by Robert Dornhelm, with the starring role of the prosecuted student going to Hayden Panettiere. Knox’ mother is played by Marcia Gay Harden and completing the cast is Paolo Romio and Djibril Kebe.
We’re expecting something likely to be done in bad taste, given that this trial isn’t even over with appeals set for the moment and already a movie crew is cashing in on the murder of a university student that occurred just three years ago. What’s more the title of the soap film makes you wonder who the real victim has been. Take a look at the pics to see Panettiere’s resemblance to the real Amanda Knox.
I would never have had said that stealing coins from the Trevi Fountain could be as lucrative as this, but Roberto Cercelletta, our crime in Italy profile for this week, managed a full 600 euros before he was arrested. Cercelletta had gone to the Trevi Fountain at dawn to steal money, knowing it was a time when both tourists and police on the beat were unlikely to be around.
Cercelletta managed to collect what many Italians doing part time work can only dream of earning - working in Italy is difficult and unfortunately more so than indulging in Italian crime. Unfortunately, the money was actually destined for Caritas and its charitable works in Rome, including family housing projects, a hostel and a market stall for retirees. Here’s hoping Cercelletta pays it all back, with interest.
Photo | Flickr
Infamous Italian thief, Leonardo Notarbartolo, is to speak to Wired Italia for the first time since his arrest. In shades of great swindles of the past, Notarbartolo is suspected to be one of those behind one of the most sensational thefts in the last 50 years at the Antwerp Diamond Center.
After a robbery which resulted in the theft of more than 150 million euros in diamonds, along with their certificates of authenticity, Notarbartolo was arreasted as the leader of a group of thieves, who had managed to penetrate the safes below the World Diamond Centre, which were considered impenetrable.
Described as a “piece of genius in its simplicity”, it is still unclear exactly how the thieves managed to perform the operation to its stunning completion. We’ll give you news from the Notarbartolo interview, but for now it appears this Italian job hasn’t lost its fascination.
A 28-year-old Italian has been arrested for manhole cover theft in Rome, after residents from via Giudo Miglioli in Villa Bonelli called the carabinieri. On the arrest, police discovered another 141 drain and sewerage covers stored in the man’s garage.
The manhole collector had been going about his activities for a number of years, and was well organised, including extra number plates for his car so that he wouldn’t be discovered. The car has been impounded, along with the confiscation of all the manhole covers. The man will be charged and the local council has started the task of replacing the manholes in via Miglioli.