The exhibition is divided into three parts, offering an interactive approach to the history of the Studios, with a particular focus on the Italian and International cinema productions and trades.
Why Cinecittà (1936-1945) is the first route of the exhibition, which explores the origin of Cinecittà, from the 30s to the Second World War, the reasons behind its architectural design as well as the personality and influence of Federico Fellini.
Set in the halls of the historic Palazzina Fellini, which once served as the Studios’ Sound Department, and equipped with dubbing and sound mixing rooms, the exhibition hosts three different environments rich with videos, photographs and archives concerning the foundation and construction of the Studios, revealing the detailed designs of Gino Peressutti’s architectural project.
The hall dedicated to Federico Fellini presents unpublished footage, original costumes, drawings and pictures of the filmmaker set up in an enthralling setting. His beloved visionary approach is represented by the metaphysical arches of the Square Colosseum Fellini was so fond of, which is re-created in the hall through symbolic objects based on some of his most famous movies.
Shooting in Cinecittà (1937-1989) is the second 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, Alida Valli, 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, Luchino Visconti’s Senso and Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars. The stage costume worn by Clint Eastwood for this movie is shown in a room where a saloon has been recreated as an homage to the Western genre. The route ends with a room dedicated to another 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. This is the third route, which offers a glimpse into the various cinema trades, with four rooms dedicated to film direction, screenwriting, costumes and the art of fiction.
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 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 route ends with the entrance into the submarine from the movie U-571 directed by Jonathan Mostow, where visitors are totally immersed in a real film set.
Cinecittà Studios in Rome