marcelloThe Italian industry has declined significantly since the glory days of Cinecitta, when Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini, and Vittorio De Sica were known the world over. Today, only about 3500 people have full-time TV or film jobs in Italy. In an effort to kick-start the industry, Cinecitta has been producing live TV shows and renting space to foreign productions: parts of The Passion of the Christ were filmed there, and HBO's Rome series will be shot entirely at Cinecitta. When HBO leaves, the studio plans to leave their massive sets in place, hoping to will attact other productions.

Sadly for the domestic industry, Italian audiences clearly perfer to see (dubbed) American films than almost anything made in Italy. Theatrical profits in Italy actually rose 10% last year - the problem is that about 65% of the roughly million euro profit ended up in American hands. In fact, during the past year, more American films (about 150) were exhibited in the country than those made domestically (about 100). I'm ashamed to admit that I don't think I saw an Italian film last year - I have no idea if the films coming out of there are any good at all. Has anybody seen anything new out of Italy lately? What did you think?
categories Movies, Cinematical