• In 2009, Cinecittà, the legendary movie studio located on Rome’s suburban outskirts, celebrated its seventy-second anniversary. For the occasion, Cineaste’s associate editor Martha P. Nochimson ventured to Italy to explore Cinecittà’s hallowed halls for an excellent feature that’s in the magazine’s latest issue and is now available online—an in-depth and evocative portrait of a place that’s seen more than its share of turmoil over the past eight decades, including war, censorship, fire, and bankruptcy. Nochimson’s article details the origins of this “eternal studio in the Eternal City” (it was movie-mad Mussolini’s baby), its brief role as housing for people displaced by World War II, and its reemergence as a major site of spectacular movie projects, not only for Federico Fellini (whose La dolce vita, Amarcord, and And the Ship Sails On are just three of the many projects he filmed partly there) but also for Jean Renoir (The Golden Coach) and Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor). In more recent years, such big-thinking filmmakers as Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) have utilized Cinecittà to realize their grand visions.

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