Cinecitt (Italian for Cinema City) is a large film studio in Rome that is considered the hub of Italian cinema.The studios were founded in 1937 by Benito Mussolini and his head of cinema Luigi Freddi for propaganda purposes, under the slogan "Il cinema l'arma pi forte" (Cinema is the most powerful weapon). The studios were bombed by the Western Allies during World War II. In the 1950s, Cinecitt was the filming location for several large American film productions like Ben-Hur, and then became the studio most closely associated with Federico Fellini.After a period of near-bankruptcy in the 1980s, Cinecitt was privatized by the Italian government.It hosted the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest, after the venue was changed from Sanremo because of security concerns.Pink Floyd performed, on three consecutive nights, at the studio during The Division Bell Tour on September 19-21, 1994.On August 9, 2007, a fire destroyed about 3000 m (32,000 sq.
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