However, Lucca is also very close to some of Tuscany's most exclusive VIP seaside resorts and these have provided inspiration for romantic films such as 'Guendalina' by Alberto Lattuada and 'Giovani mariti' by Mauro Bolognini. The nearby town of Torre del Lago was the setting for Paolo Benvenuti's 'Puccini e la fanciulla' which tells the story of a dramatic episode from the life of the composer, Giacomo Puccini. In this film, there are many beautiful still shots of Massaciuccoli Lake and the surrounding countryside which appear almost like Impressionist paintings. Indoors scenes are dotted with paintings by Gerolamo Induino.
In 2011, Lucca welcomed a series of film-makers from the Bric countries. The Indian director Suseenthiran filmed some key scenes from 'Rajapattai' in Lucca, Volterra and Monteriggioni. The film, which is produced by PVP Cinema, stars both the beautiful Deeksha Seth and one of India's most famous actors, Chiyaan Vikram. Chinese director Kong Sheng, who has won many awards in his home country, filmed the TV series 'The China Story' in and around Lucca. The series was produced by China's largest TV channel.