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Movie City | Rome, Italy

Posted August 24, 2010 to photo album "Movie City | Rome, Italy"

To mark the forthcoming release of The American, which was partly shot in Rome, the latest series of Movie City articles focuses on the myriad movie moments to be had in the Italian capital.

Rome | The Eternal City
Rome | City of Movies
Rome | Studio City
Rome | City of Movie Theaters
Rome | Film Festival City
Rome | Studio City

Rome | Studio City

No discussion of Rome and the movies is possible without dwelling at length on Cinecittà (literally “cinema city”), the mammoth movie studio located on the outskirts of the metropolis. Founded by Mussolini in the 1930s to help create fascist propaganda, Cinecittà evolved after the war into a place regularly utilized by Hollywood for such grand spectacles as Quo Vadis and Ben-Hur. More recently, Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson have both shot movies there recently, while the vast expanse of the Cinecittà backlot was also the subject of photographer Gregory Crewdson’s 2010 book Sanctuary. Peter Bowen casts an eye over the studio’s varied history in Rome's Cinema City: Cinecittà.