A Bridge Too Far?

Time has just published my story on “How Corporations Want to Help Italy’s Crumbling Treasures — For a Price.”

When famed polish movie director Roman Polanski signed up to make the film Pompeii in 2007 — a now stalled big-budget epic about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 — Italy, home of the Pompeii ruins, was his first choice for shooting. But the production ended up moving to Spain, since tough-minded Italian officials typically object to film crews’ trampling over the archaeological site and the Spanish government beat out Italy with a cheaper offer.

In today’s feeble economy, Italian officials might have tried harder to cut a deal. As the euro-zone crisis..

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