Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Bipartisan committee seeks to halt Cinecitta' sell-off


(ANSA) - Rome, July 13 - A recently formed bipartisan
committee seeking to protect Rome's historic Cinecitta' film
studios from a sell-off held a press conference on Friday
following a week of protests by beleaguered studio workers.
Cinecitta' studios were once known as Hollywood on the
Tiber and were the location for masterpieces like Federico
Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Satyricon and international
blockbusters like Ben Hur (1959).
Center-left Democratic Party (PD) Senator Robert Morassut
said at a press conference on Friday, alongside centre-right
People of Freedom (PdL) Senator Fabio Rampelli that "Cinecitta'
has been repeatedly exposed to changes, but has always managed
to avoid a negative destiny. We are here to prevent that this
immense wealth be sold off or converted into a shopping center
or hotel".
A clutch of French directors including Claude Lelouch,
Coline Serreau and Bertrand Tavernier along with Costantinos
Costa Gravas has also sounded in with a letter of appeal to
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Premier Mario Monti.

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