Dolce Vita Confidential

Dolce Vita Confidential

Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi, and the Swinging High Life of 1950s Rome

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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"A romp through the worlds of fashion, film, and titillating journalism that made 1950s Rome the sexiest capital on the planet. In the 1950s, Rome rose from the ashes of World War II to become a movable feast for film, fashion, creative energy, tabloid media, and bold-faced libertinism that made 'Italian' a global synonym for taste, style, and flair. Old money, new stars, fast cars, wanton libidos, and brazen news photographers created a way of life captured and exposed in Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Rome was a playground for film stars (Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Ava Gardner, Sophia Loren), fashionistas, exiles, moguls, and martyrs, all of whom wanted a chance to experience and indulge in the sweet life. It became one of the great cultural capitals of the world--with more than just a trace of the city of the Caesars or the Borgias. Dolce Vita Confidential re-creates Rome's stunning ascent with vivid and compelling tales of its glitterati and artists, down to every last outrageous detail of the city's magnificent transformation"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393247589
Branch Call Number: 945.632 LEVY
Characteristics: xxii, 447 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jan 05, 2017

A breezy and gossipy trip through post-war Italy, with a focus on the great film community that emerged during the period. As he did with "Ready, Steady, Go!", his book about swinging London, Levy draws from different aspects of the culture (film, fashion, celebrity, literature) to capture an exciting and influential time. After the devastation of World War II, Italy rebuilt and soon became the epicenter of fashion and style, giving the world espresso, Vespas, and sharply cut suits, as well as the films of Fellini, Antonioni, and De Sica. The books doesn't go very deep, but it's a lot of fun if you're into the period. Illustrated.

Dec 28, 2016

Interesting anecdotes of Italian cinema history.


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