INTRODUCTION: Two bronze statues, dating back to the fifth century B.C. have been returned to the village in southern Italy near where they were found.
GV AT SEA OFF Riace.
GV PAN Divers going down to sea bed. Sea bed. (2 SHOTS)
SV Diver between rocks.
SV & CU lifting of the bronze. (3 SHOTS)
LV & GV Town of Riace with town sign. (2 SHOTS)
SCU PAN People gathered to look at statues.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Man looking at statue.
GV Crowd walking round statue.
CUs Head of statue, hands, feet etc. (7 SHOTS)
TILT UP, CU PULL BACK GV Statue. (3 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Statue head.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Two bronze statues, dating back to the fifth century B.C. have been returned to the village in southern Italy near where they were found. The are two fine examples of what is believed to be the work of the Greek sculptor, Phidias.
SYNOPSIS: The two statues were discovered by accident in the Ionian Sea, just off the village of Riace. They were spotted by scuba divers out for a day's fishing. It is thought that they had lain there undisturbed for over 2 1/2 thousand years.
The statues are particularly fine examples of the period. The people of Riace were looking forward to having them back. Since the discovery in 1972, the statues have been in Florence for restoration, and later on exhibition in Rome. Now they are home again.
The statues are typical of Phidias's style. Phidias was the man who directed the construction and probably the design of the Parthenon in Athens. He is also credited as the initiator of the idealistic, classical style that distinguishes Greek art in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.
How the statues first got to Italy isn't clear. But the good people of Riace have no doubts that this where they now belong.