Once upon a time, Cinecitta'© Luca Locatelli
Hollywood isn’t the only dream factory. For more than 75 years, Cinecittà Studios has stood on the outskirts of Rome in Italy, the backdrop for thousands of films. Today its hundred acres stand nearly abandoned, littered with movie props and empty sound stages. Competition from abroad and budget cuts have left Cinecittà in disrepair. Everyone from the set builders to the security guards have been infected with ennui. I dragged my medium format camera with a bunch of films to go through the studio’s lifeless scaffolding. It was like flying over a beauty that someone started to make. I tried to find a way to tell the story of a kind of beauty which was ruined, just abandoned beauty.
Hunting for ghosts of the cinema past.
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The story was featured on Wired in April 2014