Curiously….

Curiously

 

The strong-armed shameful treatment of the Scavi Excavations Office on the Via Paolo VI afforded me time to visit  Cinecittà Studios.   So while I lost some faith in the Church (the bureaucratic wing and a few thug staff specifically) I  had a refreshing re-discovery of  cinema.  The European kind at least.

The very amicable and attentive staff of Cinecittà Studios were in stark contrast to the Excavations Office. More on the Scavi  later but first things first.

Wonderful Cinecittà

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I avoid Hollywood when in Los Angeles as I do their products for 40 years.  However Cinecitta in Rome is an experience to savour.

 

 

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There is a thrill to the  the 3000 year old walks around the Forum but Fellini, Visconti, Sorcese and Copolla to mention four walked on these fabricated 20th century stones here.

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My dumb question as to why the actual locations of Rome (duh!) are not used was answered politely by Manuela.

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Scorsese did his ‘gangs of NY’ around these parts.

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Beautiful trees. Just to the fore of the studio. I wondered (dumb again) were they purposely grown for landscaping shots of a Med or North African Idyll, or did they arise au naturel?

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OK Caesar met his end 9 kilometres away at the real Forum location but Burton&Taylor were here

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Two of my favourites.  Trees and birds

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Thanks Manuela. I understand what you were trying to tell me. I was thinking of epic oceans and ships while she showed me the use of chroma key-blue screen to make Himalayan scene. Impressive tank area for many purposes.

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Along with laying of hands on paintings and sculptures from museums and art galleries across the western world; the dress from Fellini’s La Dolce Vita got similar treatment

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Fellini? No? Shadow of jacketed moi. That looks like Jean Seberg but it might not be.

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Non Vanilla started a long time ago apparently

Non Vanilla started a long time ago apparently

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once is not enough. Closer.

 ONCE IS NEVER ENOUGH!   CLOSER LE SIGNORE

 PHOTOGRAPHS COPYRIGHT.   MAURICE O’SULLIVAN AHERNE.

  EXCEPT FOR THOSE WHICH INVOLVE FILM EXCERPTS WHOSE COPYRIGHT I GLADLY ADMIT IS HELD ELSEWHERE OR BY CINECITTA PRODUCTIONS

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