Movies Abroad: No, But I Saw the Picture

In a winter rain, Italy's Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani picked up a workman's trowel and mortared the cornerstone. The vicegerent of the vicariate of Rome splashed the stone with holy water. Yet all the fanfare was not for some vast new public utility. It was for Movie Producer Dino de Laurentiis and his new $11 million studio, located on a 750-acre site 13 miles south of Rome. It was official recognition that one of Italy's most vital export industries is its booming movie business, and that the biggest thing in Italy's...

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