The film studio, Cinecittá Studios, is deservedly famous. It has been the only studio in the world with all phases of film production available on just one lot. Built by Mussolini, and set on 100 acres outside of Rome, directorial giants like Fellini have worked here. Ben Hur, Cleopatra, La Dolce Vita and the English Patient were made on this, the largest studio lot on the European continent.
Today however, instead of watching movies being made at Cinecittá, you can watch the protesters who are camped out in front of the studio, banners and flags flying, tents pitched, music blaring. The studio’s film workers are protesting the break up of this famous landmark.
Once state owned, the plan is to break up the monolithic studio into privately run entities; outsource services, and redevelop the land on which the studio sits. Future plans for the studio location include creation of hotels, a health club and even a Cinecittá amusement park!
Members of the world wide film industry are joining the protesters, sending petitions to the Italian government, asking them to intercede.
And the locals are left to wonder, will Rome ever again be built in just 23 days?
- Welcome to our new contributor, Gerrie Jakobs! Gerrie is an Arizonan, living temporarily in Roma, with her husband who is gainfully employed. You can follow her adventures on her blog at www.azinitaly.wordpress.com.
- Gerrie Jakobs is an Arizonan, living temporarily in Roma, with her husband who is gainfully employed. You can follow her adventures on her blog at www.azinitaly.wordpress.com.