Exhibition and Sets
Your Cinecittà experience begins at the storied Rationalist style entrance of Via Tuscolana 1055 and continues in the gardens which feature the huge, mysterious head of Venusia, a scenic element created by Giantito Burchiellaro for Fellini’s Casanova (1976).
The exhibition routes of Cinecittà Shows Off unfold inside the Palazzina Presidenziale and the Palazzina Fellini, two of the buildings included in Gino Peressutti’s original plan, and interactively display the history of the Studios, of cinema in Italy and the world, and professions in cinema.
SHOOTING IN CINECITTÀ
A set in the Palazzina Presidenziale offers visitors a deep dive into the history of great movies and film genres to discover stories and fun facts through a curated selection of images, videos, interviews and original costumes worn by Italian and international actors and actresses including Pierfrancesco Favino, Naomi Watts, Fanny Ardant, Diane Kruger, Matilda De Angelis amid many others.
The costumes, accessories and props have been kindly loaned by leading costumiers and scenic warehouses including: E. Rancati, Sartoria Tirelli – Collezione Tirelli Trappetti; Costumi d’Arte Peruzzi, Sartoria Farani, Sartoria Il Costume, Sartoria Cineteatrale Nori, theOne, Pikkio, Rocchetti, Fenice Calzature.
The first scenic setup depicts the rubble of Rome after it was bombed and links the sections dedicated to historical films and propaganda to that of Neorealism, and opens onto the area dedicated to the International cinema of Hollywood on the Tiber, with tributes to such movies as Roman Holiday, Ben-Hur and Cleopatra.
The display route continues on to the Sala della Commedia, a tribute to Pasolini and a room dedicated to Sergio Leone where clips from his masterpieces are projected in a space whose look is inspired by Once Upon a Time in America.
BACKSTAGE – AN EDUCATIONAL ROUTE THROUGH CINECITTÀ
Backstage – An Educational Route Trough Cinecittà. This is the second route, which offers a glimpse into the various cinema trades, with six rooms dedicated to film direction, screenwriting, sound editing, costumes and visual effects.
The Director’s Room is recreated as an art-house studio where the public is inspired to discover the imaginative talent of six prominent directors, from Lina Wertmüller to Martin Scorsese, through their books, objects, photographs and personal items.
The Script Room presents the process of transposing words into moving pictures, and displays excerpts of screenplays, storyboards and film sequences.
The Sound Room unveils fun facts and anecdotes about the transition from silent films to sound films and lets visitors play with the dubbing process.
The Costume Room allows its visitors to virtually construct a costume, matching garments, accessories and wigs based on well-known movies.
The Fiction Room goes behind the scenes of cinematic fiction through words, images, videos, early special effects, set reconstructions at Cinecittà and the make-up effects that can completely transform the face of an actor.
The Green Screen Room introduces one of the best-known effects of contemporary cinema: The Green Screen, the digital chroma key technology which sets people and objects against a virtual background.
The exhibition route is further enriched by a temporary display of costumes from Federico Fellini’s films The Clowns, 1970 and Federico Fellini’s Casanova, 1976 that celebrate the fascinating characters created by the director.
The film narrates an event of World War II when, in April 1942, the American Navy attempted to capture the German submarine U-571 carrying the Engima decoder, able to locate Nazi U-boats.
The path ends outside the LED gallery, which offers a full perspective on Cinecittà Studios through the numbers that made the Studios such a legendary place over the 80 years of its history.
FELLINIANA – FERRETTI DREAMS FELLINI
FELLINIANA- Ferretti dreams Fellini, the fourth and newest permanent exhibition route, was created by Dante Ferretti, the Academy Award® winning production designer who was one of the magical architects of Federico Fellini’s visions, an artist-artisan able to materialize dreams, and Francesca Lo Schiavo, the Academy Award® winning set designer and decorator.
The exhibition-installation, displayed in the famous Palazzina Fellini, offers an immersive dive into a world inspired by Fellini’s imagination, creating a little city inside Cinecittà, a physical and dreamlike space whose concentrated pathway evokes a Renaissance cabinet of curiosities containing places, signs, and representations of the entire Fellini universe.
The exhibition-installation unfolds across three main areas. In the central room, decorated with film posters, a vintage Fiat 125 is a symbol of the frequent travels made by Fellini and Ferretti, the setting for conversations and the description of dreams. The pathway continues with the “Bordello”, an area which summarizes the fantasy world encapsulated in City of Women (La Città delle donne) and includes the film’s slide and soubrettes gathered around Marcello Mastroianni. It continues on to the last room which represents the Fulgor Cinema, a place of symbolic significance in Fellini’s childhood and the start of his relationship with film. The original in Rimini was restored recently by Dante Ferretti.
With an artist’s magical ability, Ferretti has created a new ideal home for Fellini in these three rooms: new custodians of the dreams that the Maestro shared with him.
MIAC – Italian Museum of Moving Images
The Cinecittà experience continues with the immersive experiences, interactive installations and art and cinema themed exhibits of MIAC – Italian Museum of Moving Images. The Museum, inaugurated in 2019, is housed in the buildings previously used by the Laboratory of Print and Development, the Mechanical Laboratory and the Film Store.
ROUTE AND ROOMS
MIAC occupies a surface area of 1650 sqm. Each room explores a theme using visual and audio material with textual support and an installation tailored to provide the visitor with in-depth information. The route includes the display of the new acquisitions which represent the nucleus of the MIAC permanent collection, which continues to expand.
The visitor is welcomed to the Preview Room by the signs from famous cinemas, familiar jingles and sounds, leading to The Emotion of the Imagination Room where fragments of mirror screen memorable scenes from Italian cinema. In the Actors and Actresses Room, the iconic faces of Italian cinema are framed by hundreds of lightbulbs, evocative of dressing room mirrors, while The Masters Room offers the personal visions of the maestri of film in an architectural setting of lights and metal mesh.
The History, Power and Language rooms showcase a visual representation of Italy’s past and the identity of her peoples which are explored through moving images and the striking staging in the Landscape, Desire, Comedy, Produce room.
Lights, sounds and images greet the visitor in the Music room in an irresistible sound salad: trails of light, mirrors and infinite reflections lead the visitor to the Kaleidoscope Room.
The visit continues with the new acquisitions: a cycle of photographs by Anna Di Prospero, created for the Archivio Luce Cinecittà exhibition – La memoria delle stazioni; and 8 photographs and a video by Vanessa Beecroft of her performance, VB93, staged in the storied Teatro 5. Produced by Cinecittà, the acquired works dialogue with the Studios and its cinematic heritage in an exchange where styles of expression contaminate and resonate.
The production area of Cinecittà comprises soundstages and outdoor lots that are used on a temporary basis for film and TV productions. In the gardens of Cinecittà, the set of Un medico in famiglia and a landscape set can be visited; these are set elements and sculptures that demonstrate the great tradition of set construction and set dressing in film.
UN MEDICO IN FAMIGLIA
Almost camouflaged by the vegetation of Cinecittà is the set of a very popular TV series: Un medico in famiglia, broadcast by RAIUNO from 1998 to 2016. This series marked a turning point in Cinecittà’s history as the Studios opened up to television production for the first time. The set, designed by Luciano Ricceri, features the two-storey villas of Poggio Fiorito, the small town that is home to the fictional Martini family.