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25.03.2011

Hollywood’s Obsession With Rome

Hollywood’s obsession with ancient Rome has spanned many a decade and from the original Ben-Hur in 1959 to Hollywood’s latest release The Eagle, it seems audience appetites haven’t wavered.

25.03.2011

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FIRST WATCH: Graeme Blundell From: The Australian March 19, 2011

A DECADE ago I had a small part in George Lucas's Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones, as father of Princess Padme, Queen of the Planet Nardoo, played by the sublime Natalie Portman.

21.03.2011

Famous Cinecittà Studios Fights For Its Survival

Published on March 13, 2011 by Martyn Conterio

 

Although it had fairly dodgy beginnings -Mussolini ordered the film studio built – Cinecittà studios in the heart of Rome, well, outskirts, has become an iconic film studio which provided plenty of Hollywood films with a place to go and make their pictures. Its 1950s and ’60s heyday may be long gone but the romance and history lingers.

21.03.2011

Italy’s Istituto Luce Under Threat From Government Cuts

The partially state-funded curator of historical film archives risks closing its doors for good by the end of this year if new sources of funding are not found.

ROME --The head of Italy’s Istituto Luce said the partially state-funded curator of historical film archives risks closing its doors for good by the end of this year if new sources of funding are not found.

21.03.2011

VAT BREAK INTRODUCED IN ITALY FOR FOREIGN PRODUCTIONS

(Feb 7, 2011) International productions filming in Italy are now exempt from paying VAT costs. Productions have routinely had to add 20% to their budgets to prepare for the VAT and although it could be claimed back this had sometimes happened long after a wrap date.

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