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Italy's famous Cinecitta Film Studios have been partially destroyed by a fire. The Rome studios were built by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini during the Fascist period and were the set of classic films such as Ben-Hur, La Dolce Vita, Gangs Of New York, The Passion Of The Christ and the hit TV show Rome. A fire broke out at the studios at 10pm on Thursday night destroying a 2,000 square meter hanger, before moving on to other buildings. Guido Parisi, the commander of the Rome region firefighters, says, "There are flames up to 30 to 40 meters high, because it is wood and synthetic materials that are burning. We're going to use aircraft because the flames must be fought from all sides in order to prevent them from spreading further." The studios celebrated their 70th anniversary in April.

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