The famous Italian film studio Chinechitta today turned 78 years old. Google did not fail to celebrate this date in Doodle.
78 years, maybe not a round date, but in any case significant and worthy of respect. On April 28, 1937, a cinema studio of Chinechitt (Italian.Cinecittà, literally:Movie city, Kinogorod), whose name eventually became synonymous with all Italian cinema.
In honor of the historical film studio, in whose walls more than 3,000 films were created, the popular Google search engine posted on its main page stylized images of scenery for the most successful and famous films shot in the City of Cinema. It is interesting that the first few hours the picture was displayed only in the British version of Google, but then it became visible to Italian users.
At the grand opening of Chinechitt, held under the slogan “Cinema is the strongest weapon”, back in 1937, Benito Mussolini himself was present. He paid great attention to the film industry, considered it an effective means of influencing people. For many years, the pictures taken on the Tuscolan road in Rome, were an example of the highest level cinematic art. The sites were used for filming not only Italian, but also foreign films. Up to the point that in the 50s and 60s, Chinechitta was the second home for many Hollywood stars.
Damaged by bombing during World War II, the film studio was used as a refugee camp that can accommodate up to 3,000 people. After 1950, filming resumed, and the film studio entered its heyday. The so-called “boom of the Italian economy” and the active development of relations with the United States led to the filming of such exceptionally spectacular American paintings as “Ben-Hur” by William Wyler or “Camo Gryadshi” (Quo vadis) by Marvin Leroy . Cinechitta gained worldwide fame and became a symbol of the revival of Italian stage art and pop culture.
Federico Fellini, who shot his "Sweet Life" (La dolce vita) in 1960 in Chinechitta, defined the film studio as follows: “My ideal world, outer space before the big bang”. Such outstanding directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Lukino Visconti and Martin Scorsese created in Chinechitt. In total, more than 3,000 films were shot in the film studio: 90 of them became Oscar nominees, 47 received the coveted figurine.
In 1997, almost on the verge of ruin, Chinechitta was privatized by the Italian government. In 1991, the Eurovision Song Contest was held here, and in 1994 Pink Floyd performed as part of their The Division Bell Tour.
More recently, Scorsese chose a film studio for the filming of The New York Gang, and Mel Gibson filmed The Passion of Christ here. Also in recent years, Salvatores, Verdone and Paul Haggis have worked in a Roman film studio.