Italy's Cinecitta Holding, the parent company of the famed Rome-based Cinecitta Studios, announced yesterday that it will be involved in an exhibition of the work of renowned production designer Dante Ferretti at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences in Los Angeles as well as a film series featuring his work at the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art (LACMA). Both begin on Oct 25.

The tributes are to the man who has earned six Oscar nominations in the art direction and costume design categories and whose latest opus Gangs Of New York directed by Martin Scorsese and shot at Cinecitta is scheduled to open in the US on Dec 25.

The exhibition, entitled "Drawing Dreams: Dante Ferretti, Production Designer", will feature original prodouction drawings, paintings and designs, costumes, set photographs, scale models, film clips and projections from his nominated films The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1989), Hamlet (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Interview with the Vampire (1994) and Kundun (1997).

The LACMA series will feature a new 35mm print of Fellini's And The Ship Sails On courtesy of Cinecitta Holding, as well as The Name Of The Rose, Kundun and The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen.