Monday, 4 May 2009

Angels & Demons at the Bernini Bristol

Angels & Demons
, a film based on the book by Dan Brown, opens on May 15. Tom Hanks once again plays Robert Langdon (as in The Da Vinci Code) and the elegant Hotel Bernini Bristol in Piazza Barbarini in Rome is where Langdon and his collaborator, Vittoria Vetra, conduct a dalliance.
...Dan Brown is a stickler for locations, but according to The Toronto Star's Paul French, he sometimes gets them wrong:
"For example, Brown's narrative identifies the Piazza Barberini as the site of the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria," says French: "Wrong."
...French reports that Stefano Gardi, doorman of the Hotel Bernini Bristol, is constantly asked for directions to the church. And Gardi has to tell them there is no church in the Piazza Barberini; the one Brown refers to is up the road.
...French concludes: "Fans of Angels & Demons will want to check out the Bernini Bristol, recently renovated and now with an elegant lounge on the roof deck. And you don't have to be a guest to enjoy a cocktail and the terrific views of the city at sundown."
...The picture here shows the relevant chapter of an Italian edition, dedicated by the author to the hotel.
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