A glimpse of the Cinecittà Studios
My 18 year old was less than impressed by our visit at the Cinecittà Studios during our recent trip to Rome. My vague claim that it was a “classic” film studio, where a lot of good movies had been shot wasn’t enough to convince her. Fellini? Who’s that? Never heard of the guy.
I could give her as much that this certainly was no amusement park and certainly no fancy ride through sceneries from Steven Spielberg movies. It was a place full of memories and a glorious past, but also an uncertain future, as proofed by a recent occupation by film workers that had been going on for months, as a protest against some planned changes.
To be fair the weather the day we had picked for our visit didn’t help very much. I knew it wasn’t anywhere near the storm that had swept into the US East coast while we were in Rom. But this didn’t change the fact that the rain was pouring down and the wind turned the abysmal umbrellas that we had bought from street a street vendor inside out, providing basically no protection at all. (Lesson learned: as far as umbrellas come you get exactly what you pay for.)
I had promised my daughter an indoor experience – a guided tour in one of the film studios. Instead we found ourselves cruising between different sets that had been used for various historical movies and TV shows, most recently the Rome series. Judging from what we were shown, historical settings appear to be a specialty for the Cincecittà Studios. Even if the fake walls of a medieval village looked solid enough to the eye, they’re also built to be adjustable. With a few small changes, the same houses can be moved hundreds of years in time or hundreds of miles in space. The sky was the limit – in a double sense. This day it was the sky that strongly limited the duration of our visit.
I brought a few things with me from Cinecittà: a key holding band from the souvenir shop. A couple of pictures of dubious quality from our guided tour.
But most importantly: I got an urge to watch more classic Italian movies. I have got a lot to catch up on. Including this guy Fellini.