Exhibition and Sets
The exhibition is divided into four parts, offering an interactive approach to the history of the Studios, with a particular focus on the Italian and International cinema productions and trades.
The visit starts at the entrance, on Via Tuscolana 1055, built in the typical Rationalist architecture of the 30s, which leads to the green area of the facility, where we find the huge and mysterious head of Venusia, a scenic element created by Giantito Burchiellaro for the movie Fellini’s Casanova in 1976. The newest addition is FELLINIANA – Ferretti sogna Fellini, the exhibition-installation curated by Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo, a deep immersion in the world of Fellini’s imagination.
SHOOTING IN CINECITTÀ
Shooting in Cinecittà (1937-1990) is the first route and it explores the making of the most important productions that have contributed to the history of cinema and to the legend of Cinecittà.
Inside the Palazzina Presidenziale (Presidential Building), a set has been created to allow visitors to become immersed in the history of great movies and film genres, hear stories and discover fun facts through a selection of images, videos, interviews and original costumes worn by such movie stars as Liz Taylor, Totò, Claudia Cardinale, Richard Burton and many others.
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 route continues with the legendary costumes of such unforgettable movies as Franco Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew and Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard. The route ends with a room dedicated to a masterpiece from Leone with a setting inspired by Once Upon a Time in America, in which scenes from Leone’s cult movies are screened all around.
BACKSTAGE – CINECITTÀ’S EDUCATIONAL ROUTE
Backstage – Cinecittà’s Educational Route. 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.
Cinecittà includes 19 indoor sound stages and a number of outdoor sets that from time to time undergo different setups according to the needs of the ongoing film and TV productions. Three large permanent sets can be toured every day with specialized guides.
The set of Ancient Rome – built for the HBO TV series Rome – is one of the largest sets at Cinecittà and covers almost ten acres.
It presents the classic civil and religious buildings of the Roman Forum. The supporting structures are covered with wooden panels and fiberglass plates. The monumental set is characterized by a striking mix of colors: The bold hues of red, blue and green, along with the vibrant décor, help visitors visualize what the now whitened ruins actually looked like in the days of the Roman Republic.
Some of the major productions hosted on this set: Rome (HBO TV series), the 2015 Victoria’s Secret commercial, the Smart commercial, The Borgias (TV series), a performance by the British band Coldplay, the making of Ligabue’s videoclip for the song Per Sempre.
TEMPLE OF JERUSALEM
To create the Temple, the designer did not adhere to a strictly philological approach, in fact he opted for broad creative freedom, combining different styles, influences and architectures, and drawing inspiration from Babylonian, Assyrian and Northern Yemenite edifices.
The fiberglass structure presents materials, decorations and shapes which provide an extremely realistic effect; designers and sculptors strived to achieve the closest resemblance to the original buildings, through stone casts and molds
FLORENCE IN 1400
The set, designed by the production designer Marco Dentici, was made in 2002 for the TV series Francesco directed by Michele Soavi. Over the years, the set has been adapted and modified and has provided a location for various settings and eras: 1400s Tuscany for Amici miei – Come tutto ebbe inizio directed by Neri Parenti, a prequel to Mario Monicelli’s renowned Amici miei; the famous balcony from Carlo Carlei’s Romeo and Juliet; the 1600s Italian borgo used in La luna nera, a Netflix TV series directed by Francesca Comencini, Susanna Nicchiarelli and Paola Randi, produced by Fandango; and the Africa in Checco Zalone’s film Tolo Tolo.