Rancati, 153 years attending upon show-business

Sculptors, decorators, smiths, designers, carpenters, artisans are the task force, the heart of Edoardo Rancati’s team, two headquarters, one in Milan the other in Rome, that since four generations takes part in the biggest international productions for the stage, the moving pictures and television. Armors, helms, jewels, furnitures, props of any kind from prehistory to the 19th century, hand made and today shaped with the help of cutting-edge materials such as artificial resins and polyurethane employed in the shipbuilding and mechanical engineering industry make of this family-run company a groundbreaking institution. Rancati intertwines history and modernity, quality and convenience for those who rent or commission the creation of particular props to use on set, during special events or historic reconstructions. Since its birth in 1864, the tooling department worked in partnership with great artists, not the least of which painters of such standing as De Chirico, Savino and Sironi. Three names to underline the tight relationship between made in Italy craftsmanship and art, a successful partnership, that allowed the company to cross two centuries and look over the third millennium without fearing the challenge of time. If Ben Hur and Thor’s helms helped to reenact a credible historic atmosphere that made the two film immortal, the year 2000 opened with the collabration with Ridley Scott, director of the colossal “Gladiator”starring Russel Crowe at the top of his career. Perfect armors for a film that had great box-office takings and became famous for the cinematography, the details and the special effects. Only one example, along with the crowns wore by the actors in the series “The Tudors, out since 2007, 38 episodes for four very popular seasons telling the reign of Henry VIII; the jewels of “The Borgias”; the lanterns of ” Gangs of New York”; the cases of “The Godfather”; the accessories of “The English Patient”. All dreams of celluloid in chronological disorder to depict with a few words the long experience of a worldwide famous Italian organization.

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