St. Vitus’s Rome still lovely

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Here is another one of those herky-jerky travelogue videos of a famous city, in this case Rome. Titled “If You Have Never Wanted to Visit Rome, You Will After You See This,” it’s title could be inverted to read “If You Have Always Wanted to See Rome, You May Not After You See This.” The videographer is Alex Soloviev. There must be a new “school” of travel videography whose practitioners believe that zooming and twirling the camera back and forth will suggest that the boring old city is really “exciting.” I have run the videos of other cities whose beauty is treated by such artists. Never have I been able to resist expressing my belief that viewers would prefer long, slow, luxurious pans of city scenes rather than these hyperactive acrobatics. It is not the talent (so-called) of the artist or the versatility of the camera but the beauty of the subject that is important. Anyway, who could ever conceive the thought “If you have never wanted to visit Rome”?!

I hope Kuriositas, a website that I adore, will use more discrimination in selecting videos of beautiful old cities. On the other hand, as the screenshots above and below attest, this is Rome and its beauty comes through in spite of the exercise of “technique.” So I would rather have such videos than have Kuriositas abandon city vids altogether. Perish the thought!

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About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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1 Response to St. Vitus’s Rome still lovely

  1. Anonymous says:

    David, you are right. This is simply unwatchable, and curiously or paradoxically exactly the wrong way to present Rome. Mid-town Manhattan or Las Vegas, maybe, but not Rome. The Eternal City is called that for good reason. It is a place that must be looked at closely and experienced deeply to be appreciated. This kind of ADHD-afflicted film-making might be good for selling gum on TV or whiling away the hours on someone’s iPhone, but is utterly inappropriate for a World Heritage Site.


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