CINECITTA’, once upon a time

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Cinecittà opens its doors to the public for the first time in occasion of his 75th birthday.

Once Upon a Time, Cinecittà is a journey into the history of Italian and international cinema, where Fascist architecture, set of productions abandoned or reused, crews, film laboratories and television are mixed together in a fight for the future.

Summing up its effect on his creative juices, the Italian film director Federico Fellini described Rome’s Cinecitta studios as “my ideal world, the cosmic space before the big bang”.

But the legendary 40-hectare (100-acre) lot built by Mussolini, which became a home from home for Hollywood stars in the 1950s and 60s, is now fighting for its future.

The final straw this week for Italy‘s cinema establishment was the slashing of funding to the national archive of 100,000 prewar and postwar cinema newsreels, including Mussolini’s 1940 declaration of war, housed at Cinecitta and now risking closure.