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Dante Ferretti

Italian News - April 12

A collection of valuable sketches by legendary Italian production designer Dante Ferretti went on show in Turin on Wednesday. Disegnare i Sogni (Drawing Dreams) features 60 works by Ferretti, who last year won an Oscar for his work on Martin Scorsese's Hollywood blockbuster The Aviator. Although the art is all preparatory work, the scale of many of the pieces is immense, some of them stretching to two metres high and wide.

"Ferretti fell in love with the cinema when he was a child and this emerges clearly from his work," said Alberto Barbera, director of the Cinema Museum that is hosting the exhibit. "He is one of the most eagerly sought-after designers in large American productions. They love him for his skills, for his perfect ideas and for his ability to interpret the director's ideas".

Ferretti, 63, is a long-time collaborator of Scorsese and received Oscar nominations for his work on the Hollywood director's previous film, Gangs of New York, his 1997 movie Kundun and his 1993 costume epic The Age of Innocence. Last year's award, which he took jointly with his wife Francesca Lo Schiavo, was his first actual win after seven nominations.

The new exhibition - which runs until June 11 - arrived in Turin following a highly successful run in Los Angeles.