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Cinecitta
Cinecittà
Cinecittà
(pronounced [ˌtʃinetʃitˈta]; Italian for Cinema City) is a large film studio in Rome, Italy. With an area of 400,000 square metres, it is the largest film studio in Europe, and is considered the hub of Italian cinema. The studios were constructed during the Fascist era
Fascist era
as part of a scheme to revive the Italian film industry.[1] World-renowned filmmakers such as Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, Sergio Leone, Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
have worked at Cinecittà
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Italian Language
Italian ( italiano (help·info) [itaˈljaːno] or lingua italiana [ˈliŋɡwa itaˈljaːna]) is a Romance language. Italian is by most measures, together with the Sardinian language, the closest tongue to vulgar Latin
Latin
of the Romance languages.[7] Italian is an official language in Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City
Vatican City
and western Istria
Istria
(in Slovenia
Slovenia
and Croatia). It used to have official status in Albania, Malta
Malta
and Monaco, where it is still widely spoken, as well as in former Italian East Africa
Italian East Africa
and Italian North Africa regions where it plays a significant role in various sectors
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Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy
is a legal status of a person or other entity that cannot repay debts to creditors. In most jurisdictions, bankruptcy is imposed by a court order, often initiated by the debtor. Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy
is not the only legal status that an insolvent person may have, and the term bankruptcy is therefore not a synonym for insolvency. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, bankruptcy is limited to individuals; other forms of insolvency proceedings (such as liquidation and administration) are applied to companies. In the United States, bankruptcy is applied more broadly to formal insolvency proceedings
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The Barefoot Contessa
The Barefoot Contessa
Barefoot Contessa
is a 1954 drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
about the life and loves of fictional Spanish sex symbol Maria Vargas. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, and Edmond O'Brien. For his performance, O'Brien won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the corresponding Golden Globe. Mankiewicz was nominated for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay.Contents1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Reception 5 Home media release: Blu-ray 6 In popular culture 7 References 8 External linksPlot[edit] Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
as Maria VargasDown on his luck, a washed-up movie director and writer Harry Dawes (Humphrey Bogart) is reduced to working for abusive, emotionally stunted business tycoon Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens), who has decided that he wants to produce a film to stroke his monumental ego
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Ben-Hur (1959 Film)
Ben-Hur is a 1959 American biblical epic film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
and starring Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
as the title character. A remake of the 1925 silent film with the same title, Ben-Hur was adapted from Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The screenplay is credited to Karl Tunberg, but includes contributions from Maxwell Anderson, S. N. Behrman, Gore Vidal, and Christopher Fry. Ben-Hur had the largest budget ($15.175 million), as well as the largest sets built, of any film produced at the time
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Lex Barker
Alexander Crichlow "Lex" Barker Jr. (May 8, 1919 – May 11, 1973) was an American actor best known for playing Tarzan
Tarzan
of the Apes and leading characters from Karl May's novels.[1]Contents1 Early Life 2 Career2.1 Theatre 2.2 World War Two 2.3 Early film roles 2.4 RKO 2.5 Tarzan 2.6 Westerns 2.7 Italy 2.8 Germany3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Filmography 6 Discography 7 See also 8 References 9 Sources 10 External linksEarly Life[edit] Alexander Crichlow Barker, Jr. was born on May 8, 1919 in Rye, New York. He was the second child of Alexander Crichlow Barker, Sr., a wealthy Canadian-born building contractor,[2] and his American wife, the former Marion Thornton Beals.[3] His father later worked as a stockbroker. Barker had an elder sister, Frederica Amelia "Freddie" Barlow (1917–1980). She was married three times, to Frederic Clifton Soldwedel, Richard Neuhaufer, and Robert Henry Schlesinger
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La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita
(Italian pronunciation: [la ˈdoltʃe ˈviːta]; Italian for "the sweet life" or "the good life")[1] is a 1960 Italian drama film directed and co-written by Federico Fellini. The film follows Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni), a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over seven days and nights on his journey through the "sweet life" of Rome
Rome
in a fruitless search for love and happiness
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Francis Of Assisi (film)
Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi
is a 1961 DeLuxe CinemaScope
CinemaScope
film directed by Michael Curtiz, based on the novel The Joyful Beggar by Louis de Wohl. It was shot entirely in Italy. The film was a box office loss. It starred Bradford Dillman
Bradford Dillman
in one of his few sympathetic leading film roles (he usually played a villainous character onscreen). Two years after the release of Francis of Assisi, Dolores Hart, the 24-year-old actress who plays St. Clare in the film, became a real-life Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
nun at the Benedictine
Benedictine
Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut.[3]Contents1 Plot 2 Cast 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksPlot[edit] Francis Bernardone (Bradford Dillman) is the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, who gives up all his worldly goods to dedicate himself to God
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Cleopatra (1963 Film)
Cleopatra
Cleopatra
is a 1963 American epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra
Cleopatra
VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. It was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, with a screenplay adapted by Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall and Sidney Buchman from a book by Carlo Maria Franzero. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall, and Martin Landau. Cleopatra
Cleopatra
achieved notoriety during its production for its massive cost overruns and production troubles, which included changes in director and cast, a change of filming locale, sets that had to be constructed twice, lack of a firm shooting script, and personal scandal around co-stars Taylor and Burton
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The Agony And The Ecstasy (film)
The Agony and the Ecstasy is a 1965 American film directed by Carol Reed, starring Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
as Michelangelo
Michelangelo
and Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
as Pope Julius II. The film was partly based on Irving Stone's biographical novel The Agony and the Ecstasy. This film deals with the conflicts of Michelangelo
Michelangelo
and Pope Julius II
Pope Julius II
during the painting of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling. It also features a soundtrack co-written by prolific composers Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith.[3] The film was shot in Todd-AO
Todd-AO
and Cinemascope
Cinemascope
versions
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Fellini's Casanova
Fellini's Casanova (Il Casanova di Federico Fellini) is a 1976 Italian film by director Federico Fellini, adapted from the autobiography of Giacomo Casanova, the 18th-century adventurer and writer. Shot entirely at the Cinecittà
Cinecittà
studios in Rome, the film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design, with the Oscar going to Danilo Donati. The film portrays Casanova's life as a journey into trivial sexual abandonment. Any meaningful emotion or sensuality is eclipsed by increasingly strange situations
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La Traviata (1983 Film)
La Traviata is a 1983 Italian film written, designed, and directed by Franco Zeffirelli. It is based on the opera La traviata
La traviata
with music by Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
and libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. Soprano Teresa Stratas, tenor Plácido Domingo, and baritone Cornell MacNeil starred in the movie, in addition to singing their roles. The film premiered in Italy in 1982 and went into general release there the following year. It opened in theatres in the U.S. on April 22, 1983
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Privatization
Privatization (also spelled privatisation) is the purchase of all outstanding shares of a publicly traded company by private investors, or the sale of a state-owned enterprise to private investors. In the case of a for-profit company, the shares are then no longer traded at a stock exchange, as the company became private through private equity; in the case the partial or full sale of a state-owned enterprise to private owners shares may be traded in the public market for the first time, or for the first time since an enterprise's previous nationalization
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Film Studio
A film studio (also known as movie studio or simply studio) is a major entertainment company or motion picture company that has its own privately owned studio facility or facilities that are used to make films, which is handled by the production company
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Fellini Satyricon
Fellini
Fellini
Satyricon, or simply Satyricon, is a 1969 Italian fantasy drama film written and directed by Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
and loosely based on Petronius's work Satyricon, written during the reign of the emperor Nero
Nero
and set in imperial Rome. The film is divided into nine episodes, following the scholar Encolpius and his friend Ascyltus as they try to win the heart of the young boy Gitón, whom they both love, within the film's depiction of a surreal and dreamlike Roman landscape and culture.Contents1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Adaptation 5 Release5.1 Home video6 Reception6.1 Italy 6.2 United States7 See also 8 Notes 9 Bibliography 10 Further reading 11 External linksPlot[edit] The film opens on a graffiti-covered wall with Encolpius lamenting the loss of his lover Gitón to Ascyltus
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Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella, CBE (6 January 1954 – 18 March 2008) was a British film director, playwright and screenwriter. He was chairman of the board of Governors at the British Film Institute
British Film Institute
between 2003 and 2007. He won the Academy Award for Best Director
Academy Award for Best Director
for The English Patient (1996). In addition, he received three more Academy Award
Academy Award
nominations; he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for both The English Patient (1996) and The Talented Mr
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