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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 …


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