Italy's famous Cinecitta Film Studios in Rome have been partially destroyed by a fire last Thursday (August 9th). Built by Italian dictator Mussolini in 1937, Cinecitta was the set of films such as Ben-Hur (1959), Dolce Vita, La (1960), Gangs Of New York (2002), Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The (2004), Passion Of The Christ, The (2004) and the hit HBO show Rome (2005-2007). The damage was considerable, with more than 32,000 square feet of property damaged or completely destroyed. The sets for the series Rome were almost entirely damaged, which is a shame as they were expensive, got fantastic reviews from everybody as one of the centerpieces of the series, and had future value as a reusable set for future productions. The studios had just celebrated their 70th anniversary in April.