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La Dolce Vita: The Golden Age of Italian Style and Celebrity

La Dolce Vita: The Golden Age of Italian Style and Celebrity


  • Format: Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fiell Publishing
  • Published: December 2011
  • ISBN-10: 1906863571
  • ISBN-13: 9781906863579

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Denoting a postwar continental lifestyle of easygoing indulgence and sophisticated hedonism, the phrase 'la dolce vita' entered popular usage following the enormous success of Federico Fellini's 1960 film of the same name, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimee. Thanks in part to Fellini's beautifully shot portrait of sunsoaked leisure and the compulsive quest for sensual satisfaction, the phrase still has the power to conjure the mythos of nonchalant glamour that attends to the period 1958 to 1964 in Italy. Upbeat and loose was the style of the day, and Italy served as a playground for the movie stars of Europe and America on vacation. Kirk Douglas, Clark Gable, Tony Curtis, John Wayne, Jayne Mansfield and Brigitte Bardot all found themselves candidly snapped while holidaying there; with the ascent of celebrity culture (especially in Hollywood), came the ascent of the paparazzi, who served as constant companions for the boldface names of the day as they sunned themselves in Positano or enjoyed a trattoria luncheon in Rome. This beautifully illustrated book features more than 300 photographs (many never before published) from this remarkable era, offering a seductive panoramic photo-portrait of a vanished world of effortless cool. La Dolce Vita' was a phrase that entered popular usage following the success of the 1960 film. This glorious period was marked by the rise of celebrity culture and the emergence of paparazzi photographers. This book features over 300 photographers, some never before published, from this remarkable era.