So here I am in Italy, checking out stage space at fabled Cinecittà Studios outside of Rome, this for a project I expect to shoot next year. They have over 20 stages here, but the most impressive – for a few reasons – is “Teatro 5.” Not only is it massive in size, but it’s also known as “Fellini’s Stage,” since the maestro made “La Dolce Vita” and “8 ½” and “Casanova” and many other movies here. It’s good to commune with the ghosts of the greats once in awhile.
The backlot is impressive, too, what with a permanent Rome set. Unfortunately, no real sets remain from “Ben Hur,” shot on this very ground in 1958. But not a bad proxy, this.
Had dinner down on Via Margutta while in Rome, then took a stroll afterwards. Unexpectedly, I ran into this on the side of a building. It seems to mark Fellini’s residence. I took a whack at translating the script below but came up short. Maybe some of you can do better.