JCU Students Visit Legendary Cinecittà Film Studios

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Students at the Cinecittà Studios

Students at the Cinecittà Studios

On Monday, July 23rd, students taking Professor Carl Burgchardt’s TH/CMS 243 – Cinematic Rome class visited Cinecittà, one of the most important sites in the history of world filmmaking.

JCU students and faculty enjoyed a guided tour of the studio’s back lots. Within the space of an hour, they strolled past exterior sets that had been used for Martin Scorsese film Gangs of New York, the mini-series Rome, and the television production Francesco, among others.

At the conclusion of the tour, the group explored several galleries containing exhibits on the history of Cinecittà. Items of particular interest were the actual props and costumes from such films as The Conformist (Il conformista), Ben-Hur, and Gladiator.

Special thanks go to JCU Professor of Communications and Media Studies Gabriele Cosentino and staff members Ryan Taylor and Kimberly Di Nunzio, for organizing the field trip and arranging for transportation to and from the venue.