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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Cinecitta Babilonia

director: Marco Spagnoli
original title: Cinecitta Babilonia
country: Italy
year: 2017
running time: 73 min.

synopsis

Cinecittà, the “city of film” on the Tiber River, produced over 300 films for Mussolini and gave the people a galaxy of film stars. This documentary combines historical facts with fictional testimony by acting icons to conjure up an image of the Italian factory of dreams as a product of propaganda and capital, as well as reveals the relationship between fascism and Hollywood.

biography

Marco Spagnoli (1970) is an Italian documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, film critic, and journalist. His work reveals the history of Italian cinema in the broader social context.

more about film

director: Marco Spagnoli
producer: Simona Spagnoli
photography: Niccolo Palomba
editing: Patrizia Penzo
music: Max Di Carlo

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