We heard a lot about Dante Ferretti lately; mostly because of his third Academy Award, together with his wife Francesca lo Schiavo set decorator, for best achievement in art direction for Hugo by Martin Scorsese. He received his first Academy Award with The Aviator also by Scorsese, and the third one for Sweeney Todd by Tim Burton. But before arriving to Hollywood Dante Ferretti, born 1943 in Macerata, received a degree in architecture in Rome, and started working as an assistant on Pasolini’s The Gospel According to Saint Matthew. After which he designed the set of Medea and the fruitful collaboration between the two continued.
He worked with all the best italian directors of the time: Elio Petri, Liliana Cavani, Bellocchio and Fellini. Ferretti is the set designer of Fellini’s movies such as La voce della luna, Orchestra Rehersal, City of Women, And the Ship Sails On and Ginger and Fred. Scorsese met Ferretti while visiting the set of City of Women and since then it started a collaboration evidently still going on. Their first movie together was The age of the innocence in 1993. He worked not only with Scorsese but he was also involved with other famous American and European directors . But Ferretti works in theatre also and he designed sets for Opera in Paris, Scala Theater in Milano, Regio Theater in Torino, and the Metropolitan in New York to name only a few.
In 2008 he cooperated with the architecture group Isolarchitetti in the new project for the Egyptian Museum of Torino to be realized in 2013. His work was displayed in 2006 at the Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino after being displayed in L.A. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in an exhibition entitled Drawing Dreams.