As the home of Italian cinema, Cinecitta has seen the production of many classic films such as La Dolce Vita and Satyricon.
Since the days of Ben-Hur, the studios have welcomed international productions including Helen of Troy (1956), Francis of Assisi (1961), Cleopatra (1963), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), Fellini’s Casanova (1976), Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet (1968), La Traviata (1982) and many other grand film productions.
Recent films include Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Cinecittà also hosts TV productions, such as Grande Fratello, the Italian version of Big Brother, where the Big Brother house is built on Cinecittà’s premises. It has also been home to the filming of The Passion of the Christ, starring James Caviezel and directed by Mel Gibson.
In addition, the BBC/HBO series Rome was filmed there from 2004-2007, the show being widely acclaimed for its sets and designs. BBC Wales reused some of these sets for an episode of the 2008 series of Doctor Who set in ancient Pompeii, and Alexandre Astier reused this set for the Book VI of his television series Kaamelott set in Ancient Rome.
Cinecitta Studios – Rome, Italy – 07/11/2013 Studios Cinecitta Rome.