Adult Film Locations – Part 13:
Camille 2000 (1968)

Adult Film Locations – Part 13: <br />Camille 2000 (1968)

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first day of the shoot for Radley Metzger’s film Camille 2000.

It was perhaps Radley’s most typical film – wildly elegant, extravagant, and erotic – and so The Rialto Report wanted to commemorate the anniversary. We decided to try and visit all the film’s locations in a single day.

The only problem? Camille 2000 was shot in Italy. There was only one solution: we got on a plane, and headed to Rome.

Rome is often call ‘The Eternal City’ – but how many of the film’s locations would still be recognizable half a century later?

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Introduction – Camille 2000

Loosely inspired by Alexandre Dumas fils ‘La dame aux camélias’, Camille 2000 tells the story of Marguerite, a beautiful, sensuous woman who is addicted to sex, drugs, and money. She is kept by a wealthy man, has a string of young lovers, and hosts wild orgies in her luxurious villa. When she falls in love with the handsome bachelor Armand, he insists on absolute fidelity. Armand’s controlling father soon intervenes to end the affair, triggering a tragic turn of events.

Radley moved to Rome in the summer of 1968 to plan the film’s production. He envisaged a shoot lasting two months, starting on Monday October 28th, 1968 and finishing on December 22nd 1968, though the production schedule was eventually extended into January 1969. He used an entirely Italian cast and crew, and each day was meticulously planned and recorded in a series of detailed production memos, which listed the day’s activities to the minute.

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1. Opening scene – Scalea Bruno Zevi

Camille 2000 begins with the slate displayed in front of the Scalea Bruno Zevi, a staircase on the Via delle Belle Arti, at the edge of the Villa Borghese:

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The opening shot itself was taken from the entrance to the Gallery of Modern Art (shown here in 2018):

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This is the before and after view of the stairs (use the vertical slider to compare views):

 

 

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In the pictures below, Marguerite Gautier (left) (Danièle Gaubert) and Prudence (Eleonora Rossi Drago) are shown with boyfriends in the opening sequence (and The Rialto Report’s April Hall in 2018):

 

 

 

 

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Danièle Gaubert

 

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2. Piazza del Popolo

Several scenes take place in Piazza del Popolo in central Rome (where Radley would also return to shoot scenes six years later for The Opening of Misty Beethoven). This is Radley’s panoramic shot of Piazza del Popolo, taken from the Pincio hill overlooking Rome:

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Piazza del Popolo is nowadays a pedestrian-only area, unlike in 1968:

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Down in Piazza del Popolo itself, Armand Duval (Nino Castelnuovo) and Gastion (Roberto Bisacco) drive around in their yellow buggy:

 

The very first shot that Radley filmed for Camille 2000 on October 28th 1968 was the scene in front of the Rosati restaurant. Rosati is still in the same location of Piazza del Popolo, though it is now a ‘ristorante’ rather than a ‘pasticceria’ (pastry shop):

 

Even the restaurant next door, Ristorante Bolognese, is the same as it was in 1968:

Camille 2000

 

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3. Picking up a passenger – Via Luisa di Savoia

Early in Camille 2000, Armand and Gaston see an attractive women driving a car alongside them – so they invite her to join them in their yellow jeep instead, much to the annoyance of a local policeman:

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The scene was shot on the Via Luisa di Savoia, a street just outside the Piazza del Popolo. Fifty years later, a travel island is the only change to the road and surrounding buildings:

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4. Opera staircase – Palazzo Brancaccio

One enigmatic location was a scene that took place on a staircase leading into an opera auditorium. But the staircase isn’t actually in the theater in which the opera takes place:

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We eventually found it in Palazzo Brancaccio, the last noble palace built in Rome, in the late 1800s. Today it is a service staircase used by kitchen staff:

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The only remaining question about the staircase was: what happened to the gold statue of a cherub that stood so prominently on the banister?

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We eventually found it on display in the reception area of the same building:

Camille 2000

 

Interestingly we also noted the same staircase (and the same gold statue) in William Wylers’ Oscar-winning Roman Holiday (1953) that starred Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn:

Roman Holiday

 

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5. Opera House – Teatro Valle

One the the several set-pieces of Camille 2000 is the scene at the opera house – where Armand first meets Marguerite. The sequence was shot at Teatro Valle in Rome:

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The Teatro Valle was built in 1726, and for the following two centuries regularly staged operas as well as prose comedies and, increasingly after 1830, serious melodramas. Since the middle of the 19th century however, the Teatro Valle has staged only spoken drama. Pirandello’s ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ had its world premiere in the theater in 1921.

Gaining access to the theater in 2018 is difficult as it has been occupied by a group of protestors since June 2011. The protestors consist of artists, actors, and theater works who feared rumors that the theatre was to be privatized, and would thus lose its artistic independence.

The theater has been locked up since the occupation, and only opened for a few exhibitions, occasional plays, and sporadic tours.

Teatro Valle

 

Teatro Valle

 

Teatro Valle

 

Teatro Valle

 

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6. Marguerite’s house – Villa Miani

Perhaps the most frequently-used location in Camille 2000 is Villa Miani, where Marguerite lives.

The mansion, which is situated on one of the highest of Roma’s seven hills, dates back to 1873, when it was built as a strolling palace, dominated by a neoclassic building surrounded by acres of beautifully manicured gardens.

Today it is used by the Italian prime minister to entertain foreign guests, and also as a wedding event space. It is privately owned so you’ll need an appointment to visit.

Villa MianiVilla Miani, in Camille 2000 (1969)

 

Villa MianiVilla Miani, in 2018

 

 

 

Villa Miani

 

 

Villa MianiMarguerite and Armand on the terrace of Villa Miani, overlooking Rome

 

Villa MianiThe view from the terrace at Villa Miani, 2018

 

Villa Miani has been used in other films over the years, including several Rialto Report favorites (though non-adult film-related films):

Fantômas se déchaîne‘Fantômas se déchaîne’ (1965)

 

The ConformistBertolucci’s ‘The Conformist’ (1970)

 

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7. Rome house – Casina Valadier

When Armand goes to pick up Marguerite, she rebuffs him and leaves with her lover instead.

The scene takes place in front of Casina Valadier, a small round-fronted building, that is now used as a high end restaurant and cafe’.

Casina ValadierArmand and Gaston wait for Marguerite

 

Casina ValadierCasina Valadier, in 2018

 

 

 

 

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8. Gardens – Villa Borghese

Several scenes take place in the Villa Borghese gardens in Rome – featuring marble busts of notable figures from Italian and world history.

Camille 2000Armand and Gaston in the Villa Borghese gardens

 

Camille 2000The Villa Borghese gardens, 2018

 

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9. Marguerite and Armand walk – Piazza della Consolazione / Santa Maria della Consolazione

The scene where Marguerite and Armand are reconciled is overlooking the Santa Maria della Consolazione church.

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Camille 2000Piazza della Consolazione, 2018

 

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10. Disco scene – Discoteca Scarabocchio

The disco scene was shot at Discoteca Scarabocchio at Piazza Dei Ponziani, 8/c – remarkably still open at weekends in the same location, with the name ‘Nuovo Discoteca Scarabocchio.’

Camille 2000The disco as seen in Camille 2000

 

Discoteca ScarabocchioThe exterior of Nuovo Discoteca Scarabocchio in 2018

 

Nuovo Discoteca ScarabocchioInside the Nuovo Discoteca Scarabocchio in 2018

 

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11. Concert Ballroom – Palazzo Brancaccio

The film’s climax takes place in a ballroom where a Beatles-esque group plays for the revelers:

Palazzo Brancaccio

 

The Palazzo Brancaccio function room remains almost completely identical in 2018:

Palazzo Brancaccio

 

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The plot action moves from the floor of the ballroom to the surrounding balcony, where Gaston confronts Marguerite:

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Roman HolidayThe same balcony was also used in ‘Roman Holiday’ fifteen years before in 1953

 

 

Camille 2000The balcony in Palazzo Brancaccio, in 2018

 

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The cast members of Camille 2000:

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  • Posted On: 28th October 2018
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Articles

4 Comments

  1. Sam · October 28, 2018 Reply

    Bellissimo!!!! Bravi….!

    What a pleasure to see Radley’s finest moment commemorate this way. I’m sure he would be happy to know you had stood in his footsteps.

  2. Hank Derek · October 28, 2018 Reply

    Lovely article, and quite a discovery too to find out that Roman Holiday was filmed in some of the same locations! I wonder if Metzger knew this as he was a keen film scholar himself..

  3. Silvana fan · October 28, 2018 Reply

    Sad that Daniele Gaubert died so young, But did you ever know what happened to Silvana Venturelli, who was one of the few actresses who appeared in more than one of Mr Metzger’s 1960s films?

  4. Richard · November 3, 2018 Reply

    I’m from Texas, and always wondered what happened to Texas girl Honey Wilder?

    Very underrated actress, and one hot lady!

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