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
A romp through the worlds of film, fashion, and titillating journalism that made 1950s Rome the sexiest city on the planet.
From the ashes of World War II, Rome was reborn as the epicenter of film, fashion, creative energy, tabloid media, and bold-faced libertinism that made “Italian” a global synonym for taste, style, and flair. A confluence of cultural contributions created a bright, burning moment in history: it was the heyday of fashion icons such as Pucci, whose use of color, line, and superb craftsmanship set the standard for women’s clothing for decades, and Brioni, whose confident and classy creations for men inspired the contemporary American suit. Rome’s huge movie studio, Cinecitta, also known as “Hollywood-on-the Tiber,” attracted a dizzying array of stars from Charleton Heston, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Frank Sinatra to that stunning and combustible couple, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who began their extramarital affair during the making of Cleopatra. And behind these stars trailed street photographers―Tazio Secchiarioli, Pierluigi Praturlon, and Marcello Gepetti―who searched, waited, and pounced on their subjects in pursuit of the most unflattering and dramatic portraits of...