All posts tagged: Brigitte Bardot

Portrait(s) festival returns to Vichy

From the star-studded hills of Hollywood, to Ukraine’s military camps, Russia’s Caucasus region, and the gloomy streets of Thatcher-era England, the programme for this year’s Portrait(s) festival covers a wide breadth of both geography and context. The French photofestival dedicated to portraiture returns to Vichy for its seventh edition this summer, with exhibitions by Philippe Halsman, Tish Murtha, Michal Chelbin, Bastiaan Woudt, Turkina Faso, Benni Valsson, Ambroise Tézenas, and an intriguing show about selfies, curated by Olivier Culmann.

Selfies, Equal/Egos presents a mixture of amateur photography and artists who explore the phenomenon in their practice. Both serious and offbeat, the exhibition examines the mechanisms of virality, and the repetitive nature of the image economy in a digital age.


Audrey Hepburn in a bakery, Rome November 1961 © Marcello Geppetti , courtesy MGMC & Solares Fondazione delle Arti

La Dolce Vita – the birth of celebrity culture

On this day 54 years ago, Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita – or ‘the sweet life’ – won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Plenty of films have won that coveted prize and been forgotten, but Fellini’s film has lived on, because his depiction of a bored reporter touring Rome on his scooter on the hunt for the rich and fun-loving celebrities entered our general lexicon, giving us the term ‘paparazzo’. The sweet life wasn’t just a creation of Fellini’s imagination; in the 1950s and ’60s, Rome was the global epicentre of the film industry. It was, according to a new exhibition, like “an open-air film set”. Italy’s best-ever directors – names like Fellini, Pasolini, Antonioni and De Sica – were producing their best work, just as the American studios cottoned on to the low costs of the now legendary Cinecittà studios. [bjp_ad_slot] In bars and clubs like Strega, Rosati and Club 84 in the Via Veneto part of town, the New Europe actresses Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale rubbed shoulders with established …


BJP Staff