Dolce Vita Confidential: Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi, and the Swinging High Life of 1950s Rome

Dolce Vita Confidential: Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi, and the Swinging High Life of 1950s Rome

by Shawn Levy


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“A brisk, frothy narrative . . . informative and fun.” —The Wall Street Journal

In the dizzying wake of World War II, Rome skyrocketed to prominence as an epicenter of film, fashion, photography, and boldfaced libertinism. Artists, exiles, and a dazzling array of movie talent rushed to Rome for a chance to thrive in this hotbed of excitement. From the photographers who tailed the stars to the legends who secured their place in cinematic fame, Dolce Vita Confidential resurrects the drama that permeated the streets and screens of Rome.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355086
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 1,245,961
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Shawn Levy is a former film critic for The Oregonian and the best-selling author of Rat Pack Confidential and Paul Newman: A Life. He reviews movies for KGW-TV and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Introduction xvi

1 Buzzing Through Ruins 1

2 "An Old River Among the Great Hotels" 8

3 Made in Italy 25

4 "The Three-Sided Mirror" 34

5 "Paris Didn't Move Us Like This" 45

6 "Motion Pictures Are the Most Powerful Weapon" 57

7 "Hollywood on the Tiber" 72

8 Scattini and Fumetti 79

9 A Girl on a Beach 87

10 A Nose for the Shot 98

11 The Curvy Girls 103

12 "She Will Be a Sensation" 111

13 "She's Impossible to Photograph" 122

14 "I'm a Peasant" 135

15 Signor Sigarone 144

16 "Sit Down, If You Dare" 151

17 "Florence Is a Lost Cause" 160

18 "A Fine Race Horse and a Goat" 178

19 "A Charnel House Under a Green Marquee" 193

20 "Poor Starving Devils" 225

21 "We Take Their Pictures and They Beat Us Up" 238

22 "The Most Sinful, Transgressive Thing" 248

23 Babylon, 2000 Years After Christ 257

24 "Poor You" 287

25 "I Am Not a Sexy Pot" 309

26 You've Done It, You've Won" 321

27 "A Ravenous Wolf Pack" 331

28 "Everybody Becomes a Roman Within Three Days" 338

29 "There's No Erotic Charge in Me" 350

30 "We Are on Stage All the Time" 365

31 "Please Stop Crying!" 374

Acknowledgments 395

Notes 399

Bibliography 411

Illustration Credits 423

Index 425

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