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Palio

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Narrated by Robert Hardy
The film is the story of Violante, a beautiful German princess, and the Palio, the crazy horse race she invented to tame the hot-blooded men of Siena, deep in the Tuscan hills of Italy. The Palio is fought out in one of the most beautiful medieval squares in the world. Violante. governor of Siena for 14 years, hoped the race would channel the ferocious passions of the Sienese away from political plots.
Two centuries later, Violante's ghost still presides over the bizarre annual rite. Each city district enters its own horse. Each year the Palio claims more victims as few riders last out the race and ancient rivalry between districts remains as bitter as ever.
Music WILLIAM DAVIES
Film cameraman SEPP RIFF
Film editor ALAN CUMNER-PRICE
Written and directed by MICHAEL WEIGALL

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Unknown: Robert Hardy
Directed By: Michael Weigall

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