Dante Ferretti

Production Designer and Collaborator of Federico Fellini

“Dante Ferretti, born February 26th 1943 in Macerata, is an Italian Production Designer, Art Director and Costume Designer. Throughout his career, Ferretti has worked with many great directors, both American and Italian, including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini, Terry Gilliam, Franco Zeffirelli, Anthony Minghella, Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton and Brian De Palma. He frequently collaborates with his wife, Set Decorator Francesca Lo Schiavo. Ferretti was a protégé of Federico Fellini, and worked under him for five movies. He also had a five-movie collaboration with Pier Paolo Pasolini and, later in time, developed a close professional relationship with Martin Scorsese, designing seven out of eight late movies. Ferretti has won three “Academy” Awards for Best Art Direction; for The Aviator, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Hugo. He had ten nominations. In addition, he was nominated for Best Costume Design for Kundun. He has also won four “BAFTA” Awards, five “David di Donatello” Awards, thirteen “Nastro d’Argento” Awards and three “Premio Cinearti La Chioma di Berenice” Awards. Ferretti has also often worked for the Theater, designing sets for many Operas and, sometimes, costumes and even direction. In 2008, he designed the set for Howard Shore’s opera The Fly, directed by David Cronenberg, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. In the near future he will present his vision of Giacomo Puccini’s “”La Boheme”” at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan.In the past years Ferretti was chosen as Production Designer for the Egyptian Museum of Turin, the Thematic Park “Cinecittà World” near Rome.”

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