We can imagine the ghosts of famous theater and cinema stars walking around the Attrezzeria scenica Rancati as if they were in a wonderful store, choosing the most beautiful armor, the deadliest gun, the most refined walking cane.
We can imagine Noodles, the leading character in “Once Upon a Time in America”, in front of a whole set of old suitcases, struggling to decide which one will make him look the most elegant. Or Maximus Decimus Meridius, the Gladiator from the homonymous film, deep in thought as he considers a whole carapace of indestructible shields. Or even Violetta Valéry, the hapless protagonist of Verdi’s “La Traviata”, caught by surprise as a mirror shows her how beautiful the pearls adorning her neckline are.
The corridors and shelves of the Attrezzeria Rancati easily fuel this kind of reverie: they overflow with the widest range of peculiar objects, from helms to globes, from crowns, swords and thrones to beds, stoves and harpsichords…
The company was founded in Milan over one hundred and fifty years ago, as a workshop providing the La Scala theater with every kind of object for its sets. It opened a second branch near Rome in 1875, and has grown since then by furnishing the most important sets in the world of cinema and theater with wonderful products of craftsmanship.
Let’s imagine the ghosts becoming real, and getting ready to come into our world, taking center stage…