Shooting got under way last week on Carlo Lizzani s “Celluloid,” a dramatic account of the making of Roberto Rossellini’s 1945 neorealist milestone “Rome, Open City.” Cameras cranked up in the Italo capital May 8, which would have been the late director’s 89th birthday.

The $3.5 million production is the first to come under the auspices of Silvio Clementelli since his appointment as CEO of state film production and distribution outfit Istituto Luce last fall.

Luce holds a 25% stake, along with distribution rights in Italy. Pio Angeletti and Adriano De Micheli are producing for Dean Film, with the production arm of Filmexport Group.

“I want to do three things with this film,” Clementelli told Variety. “I want to celebrate the centennial not with another rhetorical commemorative event, but with a good film. I want to honor the 50-year anniversary of the birth of neorealism. And most importantly, I want to make a film with commercial potential both in Italy and abroad.”

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