• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: Leaping into icy water is hardly an activity expected to encourage an international following.

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    GV Ponte Cavour over River Tiber, Italy, and pleasure boats
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    2.
    SV PULL BACK TO GV Rowers in racing shell on river
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    3.
    CU PULL BACK TO SV AND PAN FROM Retired fisherman. Cesare Bandini talking with spectators TO Crowds watching from bridge
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    4.
    CU Spectators
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    5.
    SV Stuntman Aldo Corrieri watches from bridge as Mr. Bandini dives into river and swims towards bank
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    6.
    LV PAN DOWN Mr. Corrieri crosses himself and dives, watched by a third diver, PAN UP TO Third man dives into water, and swims towards flotilla of small boats
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    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:



    Cesare Bandini took the responsibility of maintaining the river jump tradition in 1976, replacing a Belgian who did the same thing on special occasions until a heart attack put him out of action.





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    Background: INTRODUCTION: Leaping into icy water is hardly an activity expected to encourage an international following. Yet, many people seem to do it, especially at Christmas and New Year during the northern winter, and in Australia, at least, on the shortest day of the year, in June. In Sydney Australia, swimmers who call themselves "icebergers" happily swim in a pool filled with giant blocks of ice. In London, revellers take a fully-clothed dip for New Year in the Serpentine or the fountains of Trafalgar Square. In Italy, the tradition centres on the River Tiber in Rome.

    SYNOPSIS: This scene around the Ponte Cavour has become a familiar sight for Romans on New Year's Day. They flock here in small pleasure boats, and even rowing eights cheerfully interrupt a training session for the spectacle.

    For some year, this man, retired fisherman Cesare Bandini, has been the centre of attention. Without fail, on the first of January, he has thrilled the crowds with a daredevil leap from the bridge wall into the historic river, emulating the feat of sixth century hero, Horatius Cocles.

    Horatius started the fad, according to legend, when he threw himself into the Tiber and swam to the other side, after defending the Sublician Bridge against Etruscan invaders. In 1981, Cesare Bandini proved that even at the age of 67, the dive is not beyond him. Retire, he must eventually, and it appears his successor will be professional stuntman, Aldo Corrieri. Aldo believed that he may have been the centre of attention this year. But Cesare confounded all his doubters upstaging them with a better dive than either Aldo or a second pretender to his title as Tiger of the Tiber.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7P5SH96AYH4DAV038G7O922PX
    Media URN:
    VLVA7P5SH96AYH4DAV038G7O922PX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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