Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Italian Film: Cinecittà

One of the highlights of my study abroad experience was visiting Cinecittà. Located in the outskirts of the city, Cinecittà is considered the home of Italian cinema. From classics to modern, movies to television, the studio is a link to Italy's cinematic history. 
Cinecittà entrance. 

The following were filmed at Cinecittà:
La Dolce Vita
Romeo & Juliet
Gangs of New York 
The Passion of the Christ
HBO's Rome

Set of HBO's Rome
My classmates and I were lucky that a tour was one of our field trips; after exploring the website, I realized that the only tab about visitors was for corporate events! 

Costumes from Cleopatra (1963)
Originally founded by Mussolini as a propaganda factory, Cinecittà is now home to studios, sets and props. The museum is beautiful! Housing costumes from iconic films, it is also decorated with quotes from Italian film professionals. A screening room, gift shop and event area are nearby as well. 

Set of Gangs' of New York 

Touring Cinecittà was one of the highlights of the courses I took while in Rome. It was a true joy to connect media, culture and history in one activity. If you ever have the opportunity to visit this iconic studio, please do! Everything about it will amaze you. 

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