Monday, July 9, 2012
Cinecittà demolished? Not if the employees of the Italian film studio in Rome have anything to say about it. Workers have occupied the movie studios, pitching tents in an effort to defend their jobs. They’ve announced a five-day strike (they’ll have to do better than that if they’re going to compete with Occupy Wall Street) to protest firings and outsourcing.
Cinecittà, the large film studio in Rome that is considered the hub of Italian cinema where movie classics like "La Dolce Vita" and "Ben-Hur" were made has struggled over the last few decades and recently reports have circulated that it is to be revitalized with a theme park, hotels and a “beauty farm” (I’m assuming that’s a spa), in which case film making jobs would be lost.
Remember - “Non si può sfrattare un’idea” (You can’t evict an idea). But it’ll be hard to hold back hotels and beauty farms with a 5 day strike. Forza Lavoratori!