Cinecittà: Mussolini's vast film studios celebrated with Google doodle | Italia Mia |

Facility created by Benito Mussolini was the filming location for several large American film productions including Ben-Hur

Google's latest doodle marks the 77th anniversary of the establishment of Rome's Cinecittà studios, the 40-hectare (100-acre) facility created by Benito Mussolini, and which became a home from home for Hollywood stars in the 1950s and 60s.

The dictator himself inaugurated the studios on 21 April 1937 in a sprawling complex a few kilometres from the historic centre of Rome under the slogan "Il cinema è l'arma più forte" ("Cinema is the most powerful weapon"). [...]