Permanent exhibition


Shooting in Cinecittà narrates the story of Cinecittà from 1937 to 1989, highlighting the Studios’ most important productions which are now part of cinema history. This journey pays tribute to the most famous performers and films, through an accurate selection of photographs, videos and a rich collection of costumes. The exhibition shows such historical and propaganda movies  as  The Siege of the Alcazar, 1940; The Iron Crown, 1941; excerpts from Neorealistic films like  Miracle in Milan, 1951; Bellissima, 1951; Umberto D, 1952,  as well as a large section dedicated to the International stars the so-called Hollywood on the Tiber, with Audrey Hepburn,  Jayne Mansfield, Ava Gardner and Italian Loren, Lollobrigida, Mangano and other celebrities who generated the very first fan bases. The costumes shown evoke unforgettable actors and films: Alida Valli and Farley Granger in Senso, 1954, by Luchino Visconti; Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in The Tame of the Shrew, 1967, by Franco Zeffirelli; the costume of  character Don Saverio Petrillo, “O pazzariello”, interpreted by Totò  in  L’oro di Napoli, 1954, by Vittorio De Sica, or the outfit worn by Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars, 1964, by Sergio Leone. The Spaghetti Western genre, the Italian comedy, the Seventies and the Eighties are narrated over three areas, each showing its own  themed set. The route ends with a room entirely dedicated to a great master of cinema, Sergio Leone, with a scenic design inspired to Once Upon a Time in America, and the screening of scenes from his masterpieces: The Colossus of Rhodes, 1961; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 1966; Once Upon a Time in the West,  1968; Duck, You Sucker!, 1971; Once Upon a Time in America, 1984.



In the prestigious Palazzina Fellini, which once served as the Studios’ “Cinefonico” (where the dubbing and mixing rooms were located), an exhibition on the motives behind the creation of Cinecittà, from its inception in the 30’s until the tragedy of Second World War, is currently on display. Three different aspects are examined: the historical, political and cultural reasons for the birth of the “City of Cinema,” its big productions, and its tragic epilogue. From the silent films to the talkies, from the fire at Cines to the planning of an ultra-modern city of cinema, the foundation and inauguration of an in-depth architectonic project brought about many years of national productions in Italy.  A narration takes us through the period, between 1936 and 1945, revealing the reasons for the birth of Cinecittà and the goals behind the re-launching of a national cinema. Footage and excerpts connect the development of Cinecittà to historical events and to the socio-political context of those years.

Federico Fellini, Cinecittà

An entire hall is dedicated to the Maestro, who chose Cinecittà as the place where is vivid imagination would take shape. The question, “Perché Cinecittà?” is answered with reels of Federico Fellini’s unreleased footage, drawings and images presented within an evocative atmosphere created precisely for this purpose. The Maestro's images are given room among the mystical columns of the "Square Colosseum", the EUR building beloved by Fellini and replicated in the set design of the hall. Symbolic objects from some of the best-known films inhabit the room's corners and recesses: the Cardinals of Roma, the tree from Amarcord, the ship's prow and the rhinoceros in E la Nave Va, the elephant fron Intervista, the moon from La Voce della Luna and the original model of the Venusia created for il Casanova di Federico Fellini, by Giantito Burchiellaro. The costumes, selected by Nicoletta Ercole, include those worn by Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni in Ginger e Fred and Giulietta degli Spiriti, Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita, the cast of I Clowns, and the child playing the flute in the final scene of 8 1/2. A fitting tribute to Fellini on the 20th anniversary of his demise.


Cinecittà’s lodgers

In the Visconti Room – transformed into a cinema theatre – a selection of videos and montages edited by Italo Moscati depict the protagonists of The City of Cinema as well as in-depth analysis of Cinecittà's story.


Seventy-six years of Cinecittà have brought loads of movies: about four thousand. We have had access to an impressive amount of files, and have delved into this colossus of films and talents with an adventurous spirit. 
Today the name of Cinecittà still stirs special interest: it’s a symbol, a sort of talisman arousing the public’s curiosity as they are always keen to know how this legend originated and how we can revisit it.
Cinecittà represents a big part of the Italian cinema, from 1937 to 1943-44, when production was interrupted by the Second World War, paving the way to the great Neo-realist directors. 
The studios, located on Via Tuscolana, were born out of the ambition to compete with Hollywood, and after the war Hollywood came to Rome and it was nicknamed Hollywood on the Tiber. 
This was the happiest time for Cinecittà, when prestigious productions by well-known Italian and US directors took place, and many beloved movies were shot with popular comedians, stars and  unforgettable divas.
Basically the idea was to pay tribute to the cinema. That is, to show both fictional and real footage to thoroughly evoke an era that endures, with chronological clearness and creative force, whose legendary performances stir our thoughts, passion and pleasure.
We were surprised to discover the never-ending possibilities offered by Cinecittà, a place that is now looking for its future, after such a glorious past.
-Italo Moscati-