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D'Annunzios Cave

D'ANNUNZIOS CAVE (D'Annunzios Höhle) Heinz Emigholz, D 2005, 52 min

Lifestyle as Autobiographie – Gabriele d'Annunzio (1863-1938)

Photography and beyond – Part 8

The product of a cinematic jam-session held in Gabriele d'Annuzio Villa Cargnacco: four cameramen and film-makers (Irene von Alberti, Elfi Mikesch, Klaus Wyborny und Heinz Emigholz) simultaneously document the rooms of the Villa in their specific styles.

D'ANNUNZIO'S CAVE shows fifteen rooms of the Villa Cargnacco in Gardone on Lake Garda, where Gabriele d’Annunzio moved in 1921 and lived until his death. The villa is part of the “Vittoriale”, a museum-like theme park honoring d’Annunzio that d’Annunzio himself and his personal architect Giancarlo Maroni spent almost two decades designing and furnishing.

For 17 years Gabriele d'Annuzio was engaged in designing the Vittoriale at Lake Garda and converted Heinrich Thode's confiscated villa into his own cult site. 

D'ANNUNZIO'S CAVE is structured according to the sequence of rooms in the Villa Cargnacco: vestibule, mask merchant's room, music room, globe room, Zambracca, Apollinian veranda, Leda's room, blue bath, leper’s room, reliquary room, Dalmata Oratorium, the maimed one’s writing room, workshop, room of the Cheli, kitchen.

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