July 6, 2012. (Romereports.com)
It's considered the mecca of Italian cinema. The so called Cinecittà
studios were built in the 1930's and they're still commonly referred to
'Hollywood on the Tiber.'
Movies like “Ben Hur” have been filmed here. Also on the list is Italian
film “A Fistful of Dollars” and also “The Passion of Christ.”
Thanks to an agreement with YouTube, now the so called 'Cinecittà Luce Institute' has published some of Italy's and the Vatican's historical moments online. Before, they were all kept in its archives.
So now with a simple click of a mouse, one can go back to 1964 and see a private audience of Pope Paul VI, and even see the Pope greeting John Kennedy in 1963 when he was president. Images of John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council are also online. The beatification ceremony of Pope Innocent XI back in 1956 is also an option.
Other unique images like these can also be seen. They include 70 year old footage of the Swiss Guards and their military marches. There's also the arrival of the Vatican's steam train back in 1932.
This original initiative will help the new digital generation to stay in tune with key moments in history, by just logging onto the web.
Cinecittà Luce Institute