Cinema secrets revealed

Cinecitt? opens its doors for first time

Editorial Staff
May 5, 2011

To mark its 74th birthday, one of the world's most famous film studios is currently holding an exhibition, entitled Cinecittà si mostra, which will, for the first time, open to the public the studio sets where a roster of cinema masterworks were made, such as Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1959) and Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice (1971), in addition to international blockbusters like William Wyler's Ben Hur (1959), Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002) and Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part III (1989). During the studio's history, more than 3,000 movies have been made at Rome's Cinecittà, 48 of which received an Oscar award and 83 an Oscar nomination.

The exhibit begins at the famed entrance in via Tuscolana and proceeds through two of the studio's historic buildings. The exhibit's first two rooms focus on costumes, models and sketches used in some of the most famous movies filmed there, followed by a video documentary on the post-production process and film editing. And another film shows final clips from some of Cinecittà's most acclaimed motion products.


Other areas of the exhibition cover the studio's history, the work of Federico Fellini and others who helped make Italian cinema history, including the screen tests of a host of silver-screen stars. The exhibit ends with an outdoor tour of some of Cinecittà's most famous movie sets.


The Cinecittà studios were built during the Fascist era and opened by Benito Mussolini in a 1937 ribbon-cutting celebration; he wanted to revive Italian cinema, considering it ‘the strongest weapon of the state.'


In its early years, the Rome studios produced historical dramas and propaganda films. It then became famous around the world during the golden age of Italian cinema in the 1950s and 60s.

‘We decided to develop the ... exhibit to allow visitors to get to know Cinecittà in person and to a pilot project for a future Museum of Cinema,' said Cinecittà president Luigi Abete.


Cinecittà si mostra

Cinecittà studios

via Tuscolana, Rome

Until November 30, 2011


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