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Filmcraft: Production Design by Fionnuala Hannigan

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Dante Ferretti

“I have had three mentors, you could say. Pasolini, Fellini, and Scorsese. In Italian, mentitore means liar, so I say Pasolini, mentor; Fellini, mentitore; and Scorsese, mentor. They changed my life.”

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Born in 1943 in the town of Macerata, Italy, Dante Ferretti was obsessed by cinema from a very early age. Leaving home at 16 for Rome, he studied fine arts and architecture, but by 18 he was already on his first set, working as assistant art director on two films that were shooting concurrently—a job which led to ten years as art director for famed production designer Luigi Scaccianoce and films including Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ...

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