Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Monday, July 29, 2019
So many of Anna's productions were shot at the Cinecitta Film Studios, the essential creative home of Fellini and a place that still exists today as the one single 'Hollywood' of the world! Movie sets are still being built for at Cinecitta for Netflix European productions and Italian films by many artists building sets and creating vast worlds of their own...
Cinecittà Studios is a large film studio in Rome, Italy. With an area of 400,000 square metres (99 acres), it is the largest film studio in Europe, and is considered the hub of Italian cinema. The studios were constructed during the Fascist era as part of a plan to revive the Italian film industry.
The studios were founded in 1937 by Benito Mussolini, his son Vittorio, and his head of cinema Luigi Freddi under the slogan "Il cinema è l'arma più forte" ("Cinema is the most powerful weapon"). The purpose was not only for propaganda, but also to support the recovering Italian feature film industry, which had reached its low point in 1931.Mussolini himself inaugurated the studios on 21 April 1937. Post-production units and sets were constructed and heavily used initially. Early films such as Scipio Africanus (1937) and The Iron Crown (1941) showcased the technological advancement of the studios. Seven thousand people were involved in the filming of the battle scene from Scipio Africanus, and live elephants were brought in as a part of the re-enactment of the Battle of Zama.
The studios were bombed by the Western Allies during the bombing of Rome in World War II. Following the war, between 1945 and 1947, the studios of Cinecittà were used as a displaced persons' camp for a period of about two years, following German occupation and Allied bombing that destroyed parts of the studio. An estimated 3,000 refugees lived there, divided into two camps: an Italian camp housing Italians as well as displaced people from colonized Libya and Dalmatia, and an international camp, including refugees from Yugoslavia, Poland, Egypt, Iran, and China.
After rebuilding in the postwar years, the studios were used once again for their post-production facilities. In the 1950s, Cinecittà, described as Hollywood on the Tiber, was the location for several large American film productions, like Roman Holiday(1953), Beat the Devil (1953), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), Ben-Hur (1959), and some low-budget action pictures starring Lex Barker. Barker also featured in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960) and the studios were for many years closely associated with Fellini.
Filmmakers such as Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, Sergio Leone, Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Mel Gibson have worked at Cinecittà. More than 3,000 movies have been filmed there, of which 90 received an Academy Award nomination and 47 of these won it. In the 1950s, the number of international productions being made there led to Rome being dubbed "Hollywood on the Tiber."
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
So sad to hear of Rutger Hauer’s passing. Working with this gentleman was a career highlight when we co-starred together in the 1981 movie #Nighthawks.— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) July 24, 2019
Sending my condolences to all that he touched in his lifetime.#RIPRutgerHauer
Monday, July 22, 2019
“You talkin’ to me?? huh?... You talkin’ to us ... huh? ...Well we’re the only ones standing’ here... who da Fu#* you talkin to ??? - I'm editing The Irishman back here now, Jane. "
#martinscorsese #taxidriver #goodfellas #capefear #thedeparted #TheIrishman
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The activists of A Foras indicate not only against the Italian state and NATO, but also against their accomplices in the leadership of the "Autonomous Region-Sardegna"
STOP the military EXERCISES, DISPOSAL OF ALL POLIGONES; launch of full WASTE TRANSFERS; COMPENSATION for all damages (demographic, economic to health and the environment) suffered in 60 years of military occupation, and use of the same for the launch of ethical, sustainable and related to the resources of the territories ALTERNATIVE; RECONVERSION for civil use of all military sites, from the CASERME of POLIGONI to that of Pratosardo, and of the RWM bomb factory in Domusnovas; • STOP to new projects on DUAL USE polygons (civil-military); STOP to projects for the expansion and modernization of polygons, such as the Integrated Terrestrial Training System (SIAT). Revocation of the agreement between the University of Sassari and the Italian Army. End of every relationship of the Sardinian universities with companies involved with the war development. Start of research and study courses on reclamation and conversion of military sites; • Cancellation of the agreement between the Sardinia Region and the Ministry of Defense on military easements; Cessation of all types of civil and military collaboration between the Sardinia Region and governments (such as those of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, USA and Israel) that promote wars of aggression in states without peace.
A Foras demonstrates against the military occupation of Sardinia. The feast of the Italian Republic which for the past 70 years has illegally occupied large portions of the island's territory, to devastate it with its army, lend it and rent it to armies across the world and multinational companies that test their weapons to sell them to best bidders.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
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Sunday, July 7, 2019
Saturday, July 6, 2019
The Station memorial park took 10 years to create, and is an epic homage to the 100 concert goers who perished in the reckless tragedy. This memorial not only pays respect to the dead, but also educates the general public in the form of a 'Timeline' Wall that describes in a trajectory dated format the history of avoidable fires in public spaces, in addition to how this particular tragedy could have been easily avoided by managerial competence and a lack of GREED by the club owners- and the band- who were only contracted to be paid $5000 for a 90 minute set. With NO sprinkler system installed, the band still used dangerous pyrotechnics without permission, and the club's soundproof foam material being used to block sound from leaking into the community was a highly flammable foam which led to the fire's rapid toxic fume spread and the immediate FLASHOVER explosion that engulfed the entire inside of the place within seconds, with NO exits to escape from and nowhere to run to. A fucking nightmare.
Warwick, Rhode Island Station Fire Memorial
Stories from survivors...