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scenographer , Art director

Dante Ferretti is an Italian production designer, art director and costume designer.


Ferretti, Dante was born on February 26, 1943 in Macerata, Italy.


Throughout his career, Ferretti has worked with many great directors, both American and Italian, including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini, Terry Gilliam, Franco Zeffirelli, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Anthony Minghella, and Tim Burton. Ferretti was a protégé of Federico Fellini, and worked under him for five films. He also had a five-film collaboration with Pier Paolo Pasolini and later developed a very close professional relationship with Martin Scorsese, designing seven of his last eight movies.

In 2008, he designed the set for Howard Shore's opera The Fly, directed by David Cronenberg, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. He had seven previous nominations. In addition, he was nominated for Best Costume Design for Kundun.

In 2012, he designed the decor for Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, a restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side. For the 2015 Expo held in Milan, Italy Ferretti was commissioned to do a series of statues articulating the concept ""Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life".


  • Ferretti has won three Academy Awards for Best Art Direction. For The Aviator, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Hugo. He has also won three BAFTA Awards.


  • Other Work

    • Production designer: (films) The Working Class Goes to Heaven, 1971, (with Nicola Tamburro) Medea, 1971, The Decameron, 1971, Sbatti il Mostro in Prima Pagina, 1972, The Canterbury Tales, 1972, Storie Scellerate, 1973, Il Fiore della Mille e una Notte, 1974, Crime of Love, 1974, The Night Porter, 1974, Salo: One Hundred Days of Sodom, 1975, Todo Modo, 1976, Bye Bye Monkey, 1978, Il Gatto, 1978, Eutanasia di un amore, 1978, Orchestral Rehearsal, 1979, Till Marriage Do Us Part, 1979, Arabian Nights, 1980, Il Minestrone, 1980, City of Women, 1980, La Pelle, 1981, Oltra la Porta, 1982, Desire, 1983, La Nuit de Varennes, 1983, Tales of Ordinary Madness, 1983, And the Ship Sails On, 1983, Pianoforte, 1984, Il Futuro e Donna, 1984, Le Bon Roi Dagobert, 1984, The Name of the Rose, 1986, Ginger and Fred, 1986, Il Secreto del Sahara, 1987, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 1989 (Academy award nomination best art direction 1989), The Voice of the Moon, 1990, Hamlet, 1990 (Academy award nomination best art direction 1990), (with Francesca Lo Schiavo) The Sleazy Uncle, 1991, (with Wolfgang Hundhammer) Club Extinction, 1991, The Age of Innocence, 1993 (Academy award nomination best art direction 1993), Interview with the Vampire, 1994 (Academy award nomination best art direction 1994), Casino, 1995, Kundun, 1997, Meet Joe Black, 1998, Bringing Out the Dead, 1999, Titus, 1999, Gangs of New York, 2002, Cold Mountain, 2003, The Aviator, 2004 (Academy award for Best Art Direction, 2005), (with Francesca Lo Schiavo) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2007 (Academy award for Best Art Direction, 2008. Set designer: (operas) The Fly, 2008.


Married Francesca LoSchiavo. 1 child Edoardo.

Francesca LoSchiavo

Edoardo Ferretti