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Cinecittà
The Legendary Film Studio
By (author): Cinecittà Studios
9780847859207 Hardcover English General Trade PERFORMING ARTS / Film / History & Criticism Oct 13, 2020
$55.00 CAD
Forthcoming 9 x 10.75 in 260 pages 250 COLOR AND B/W PHOTOGRAPHS Rizzoli
A richly illustrated book about one of the most iconic studios in film history.
 
This fascinating volume presents the history of Cinecittà from its beginnings in
1937 until today, highlighting the Italian studio’s most important productions and famous actors. Known as “Hollywood on the Tiber,” in its glamorous heyday the studio was producing about 350 films a year, including American classics such as Ben-Hur and Cleopatra. Cinecittà became most closely associated with Federico Fellini, who spent four decades making his films there, including La Dolce Vita and Satyricon. Still in operation today, the studio’s recent productions include Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic, Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, and the Bond film Spectre.
 
Featuring an impressive selection of photos that reveal the extravagant sets and costumes used in the studio’s epic productions, this book provides insight into a lost era of filmmaking and is essential reading for cinephiles.

Cinecittà was very influential on Fellini, and it was the place where he filmed such masterpieces as La Dolce Vita and Satyricon.

More recently, the film studio has been home to a number of high-profile and cult movies, including Ben Stiller’s Zoolander2 (2015), Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic (2004), Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004), and Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York (2002).

A permanent exhibition at the studio titled “Cinecittà Shows Off” traces its history: scenes, costumes, sets, characters, actors, directors, and producers are shown in an educational and interactive environment where visitors can discover the world of filmmaking. In addition, visitors can walk through several large permanent sets. Since April 2011, the exhibition has had over 110,000 visitors.

In July 2014, the studio opened a movie-themed amusement park called Cinecittà World, designed by Dante Ferretti, three-time Academy Award winner for art direction who has worked with Fellini, Pasolini, and Scorsese.

Cinecittà Studios is the largest film studio in Europe, encompassing an area of nearly 100 acres, including 22 stages, 2 tents, 300 dressing rooms and offices, 21 makeup areas, and a 7,000-square-meter outdoor tank. The studios have served as an international hub for film, television, commercials, and video and photo shoots.

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