The Società Italiana Cines (Italian Cines Company) is a film company specializing in production and distribution of films. The company was founded on 1 April 1906.

IndustryMotion pictures
PredecessorAlberini & Santoni, Alberini & Santoni 
Key people
Paolo Emilio Persiani (President)
ProductsMotion pictures 

A major force in the European film industry before the First World War, the company took part in the Paris Film Congress in 1909, a failed attempt to create a cartel similar to the MPPC in the United States. In 1926 the company was taken over by Stefano Pittaluga who oversaw production until his death in 1932.

In 1930, at the time of the rebirth of Italian cinema, the old label had produced The Song of Love, the first sound film in Italy. The new Cines Studios were constructed in Rome and functioned as the country's most important film studios until they were destroyed in a fire in 1935. Under the leadership of Carlo Roncoroni it was involved in the state-backed project to build Cinecitta which opened in 1937. Following Roncoroni's death, the company was nationalised under the ENIC umbrella. It was relaunched in 1941 as part as the Fascist government's scheme to boost film production. It survived the fall of Mussolini and continued into the postwar era.

In 1956 he received the Nastro d'Argento for Best Producer. However, in 1958, the Cines ceased operations and was liquidated by the Finance Ministry.

In 2006, on the occasion of the centenary of the very first foundation, through the work of the editorial group Persians Publisher - New Media Entertainment has been given life to a new Cines, with an essentially private, who recovered the brand and the artistic legacy of the previous management.[1]

Selected filmography


  • (in Italian)Riccardo Redi, La Cines. Storia di una casa di produzione italiana, Persiani Editore, Bologna 2009.


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2014-07-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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