In the 1950s and 60s, Rome's Cinecitta Studio was one of the world's busiest film production facilities; commissioned by Benito Mussolini and opened in 1937, Cinecitta was a massive world-class movie studio, and after World War II nearly every major Italian filmmaker worked there. A number of noted European directors also came to Italy to use its soundstages, and many of the Sword and Sandal epics that gained a massive cult following in the 1950s were shot on the studio's large back lot. Soon American producers discovered Cinecitta, and epic-scale productions such as Ben Hur and Cleopatra took advantage of its impressive facilities and relatively inexpensive technicians. The archivists at Istutito Luce have collected a wealth of historic footage documenting the glory days of the Italian film industry, and Hollywood Sul Tevere (aka Hollywood On The Tiber) compiles highlight from their collection, offering a fast-paced look at the days when Rome was one of the capitals of international moviemaking and the biggest stars in cinema, from Humphrey Bogart, Grace Kelly and Paul Newman to Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni and Gina Lollobrigida, came there to work. Hollywood On The Tiber appropriately received its world premiere at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival.
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