I barely remember this show/movie since I only saw it when I was very young, but I seem to remember it was a television series rather than a movie. I'm not even sure of the genre, but I suppose it could be called fantasy, if just barely.

The only thing I definitely remember about it is that there was a statue of a lion holding a book (presumably the Lion of Saint Mark) that was somehow special. As far as I remember, once every century, or something like that, a page in the book would turn, and something special would happen (possibly only to those who saw it).

I'm pretty sure I saw it on television some time in the mid- to late eighties. All I remember is a young boy/man looking up at the statue, and a shot of the statue with a turning page. I'm pretty sure it was on a large square, probably in Venice.

Does anyone know what this is?

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  • Was the show in English?
    – Adamant
    Jan 31 '17 at 10:24
  • Do you remember if it was animated or live action? If animated, do you remember anything about the style?
    – Matt
    Jan 31 '17 at 15:17
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    Live action. I don't remember if it was in English, but I suppose so.
    – Bas
    Jan 31 '17 at 15:29
  • Voyagers! had a book with turning pages in the credits, and a boy as a main character, but doesn't otherwise match your description. We don't know when you were very young, so there's no way to tell when you saw the show.
    – Spencer
    Apr 9 at 14:33

Was this on Belgian television? If so, it could be Het geheim van de leeuw van Venetie, (The secret of the lion of Venice) after a book by Kitty Leibovitch. The son of the Belgian Consul in Venice notices the lion on the St.-Marc square bell tower turning a page of the book it is holding, but nobody believes him. A treasure hunt ensues. More information on https://www.televisiegeheugen.nl/televisieseries-en-programmas/geheim-van-de-leeuw-van-veneti%C3%AB-het-1981.

A 3 part television series from the eighties. Found by searching with the Dutch phrase belgische ambassadeur venetie leeuw met boek, since I remember the scene from Belgian television in the 80ies, and my memory added his father being an ambassador.

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