Collection by Rico Gagliano

La Dolce Cinecittà

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On the outskirts of Rome lies Cinecittà, the biggest movie studio in mainland Europe. Launched in 1937 as a propaganda factory for Mussolini, it later became a playground for some of the most stylish and iconic filmmakers in history: Sergio Leone shot spaghetti westerns there; Fellini called it his “temple of dreams.” More recently, it was home to Scorsese's "Gangs of New York." Usually, cinephiles can only get a peek at Cinecitta’s storied campus via private group tours—not easy to arrange for the average tourist—but through November 30th, the studio’s gates are open to the general public for the first time. The main attraction is an exhibit of Cinecittà memorabilia, but I was just as interested in the studio itself: A prime example of WWII-era modernist architecture.

Architect Gino Peressutti designed Cinecittà circa 1935, in the “Italian Rationalist” style, seen here in the bold...
Just past the gate, an enormous head—a prop from Fellini’s “Casanova”—explodes out of the lawn.
Most Cinecitta structures look like streamlined (and weatherbeaten) army barracks, but some feature unusual, almost...
Or the ladder and lamp adorning this one—the kind of detail you’d find on a submarine.
Just the suggestion of portholes on this one.
Here's Soundstage 5 where Fellini shot most of his films.
After a week in Italy, I’d come to Cinecittà to take a break from touring ancient architecture.
Anita Ekberg’s iconic fur wrap and black velvet dress—as drenched in the Trevi Fountain in “La Dolce Vita”— is the...
Architectural drawings and blueprints for the studio are displayed alongside film memorabilia.
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