Ro­man land­mark in grave dan­ger

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

No film stu­dio has quite the iconic sta­tus of Rome’s Cinecitta. De­spite shoul­der­ing the em­bar­rass­ment of be­ing com­mis­sioned by Mus­solini, the com­plex has played host to such in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tions as Ben Hur, Ro­man Hol­i­day and Cleopa­tra. It was also, of course, the home en­vi­ron­ment of the great Fed­erico Fellini. With cus­tom­ary flam­boy­ance, the di­rec­tor de­scribed the space as “my ideal world, the cos­mic space be­fore the Big Bang”. Now it tran­spires that, as pro­duc­tions are drawn to cheaper lo­ca­tions in such com­ing spots as Hun­gary and the Czech Repub­lic, the stu­dio is in se­ri­ous dan­ger of bank­ruptcy. Gov­ern­ment cuts have made the sit­u­a­tion even more pre­car­i­ous. Such is the cri­sis that the own­ers are plan­ning to es­tab­lish an amuse­ment park, ho­tel and spa on one of the stu­dio’s more his­toric sites.

It’s just not right.

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