Places of "Baarìa" - Bagheria


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The film " Baarìa" tells of the city of Bagheria, the Sicilians, Sicily, its traditions and its history.
Baarìa is a 2009 film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, set in Bagheria, the director's birthplace. The film tells the story of three generations of a Sicilian family over the period from the first post-war period to the 1980s. The story is presented through Peppino's life, from childhood to joining the Italian Communist Party.
A reconstruction of the city of Bagheria made in Tunisia is used for the shooting of the film, with the exception of the last scene set in the square immediately after the young Peppino Torrenuova woke up in the school and magically found himself in modern Bagheria.
The road on which the film opens and closes, with the ideal closure of the cycle of history and the handover between the present, the past and the future of Bagheria is Via Gioacchino Guttuso in Bagheria. These scenes are mainly shot in the real Bagheria.
The scene of the encounter between the past and the present of Bagheria, when the young Peppino Torrenuova, who was running away from the building under construction, meets his son Pietro who was running in the direction opposite, to bring the cigarettes bought to the grown-ups who were playing cards, was shot in via Carollo.
The place where children play with spinning tops and adults playing cards are found is Via Gagliardo , this time entirely rebuilt in Ben Arous in Tunisia.
The building that is attacked and plundered by the citizens of Bagheria at the time of the end of the war and the arrival of the Americans is Palazzo Villarosa in Bagheria. In front of the same building the scene was shot in which Pietro's grandmother tells her grandson how his father was killed by a group of mobsters.
The church of Bagheria in which Peppino Torrenuova and Mannina Scalìa got married and in which Renato Guttuso had portrayed Peppino as a young man in the fresco on the vault in historical reality is located in Aspra, the seaside village of Bagheria. The film instead shows the church of San Vito di Ciminna, which was superimposed on the shots taken in Tunisia. The shots taken in which Villa Palagonia appears were partly shot in the real Villa Palagonia in Bagheria and partly in the reconstruction carried out in the studios of Ben Arous.
The quarry in which Pietro and his uncle Nino Torrenuova go to make electoral leaflets for Communist Party is the Cava Giardinello di Bagheria located in Contrada Consona. The place of the main city events in the film Baaria is the central Piazza Madrice, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele III in Bagheria.