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Memoirs shed new light on "La Dolce Vita"

Very interesting article about the origins of La Dolce Vita by Tom Kington of the Guardian:

Federico Fellini's classic depiction of decadent American starlets and photographers changed cinema forever. Now the journalist who chronicled 1950s life on Rome's glitzy Via Veneto and briefed Fellini for his film has decided to give his own definitive account of the era. As far as Ciuffa, now 77, is concerned, 50 years later he is setting the record straight, by writing La Dolce Vita, Minute by Minute. "The real Dolce Vita started in Rome years before the cafes opened on Via Veneto and had as much to do with mysterious deaths, drug abuse and debauched Roman aristocrats as with Hollywood," he said. While photographers such as Tazio Secchiaroli have long been seen as inspirations for Paparazzo, the character in La Dolce Vita who gave celebrity-chasing photographers their name, Ciuffa claims he provided source material for the cynical columnist-about-town, played to laconic perfection by Marcello Mastroianni.

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"Paparazzo" Felice Quinto

The AP is reporting on the death of Felice Quinto "Celebrity photographer Felice Quinto dies at 80" who Fellini based his infamous character from La Dolce Vita, Paparazzo, on:

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Felice Quinto, a renowned celebrity photographer and the likely model for the character Paparazzo in Federico Fellini's 1960 film "La Dolce Vita," has died. He was 80.

Quinto died of pneumonia on Jan. 16 in Rockville, his wife, Geraldine Quinto, said Monday.

Quinto often was referred to as the "king of the paparazzi" -- a term derived from the character in "La Dolce Vita" -- and he pioneered some of the aggressive tactics that celebrity photographers use to this day.

He would hide in bushes, wear disguises and zip around Rome on a motorcycle, taking photos that appeared in gossip publications around the world.

Quinto was born in Milan in 1929 and befriended Fellini while living in Rome in the 1950s. According to his wife, Fellini asked Quinto to play a photographer in "La Dolce Vita," but he declined because he was making more money taking pictures. He briefly appeared in the film as a bystander.

"By the time Fellini came out with his movie, it was already about four years that I had been doing photography," Quinto told the Dallas Morning News in 1985.

In 1960, Quinto snapped a picture of actress Anita Ekberg -- who appeared in "La Dolce Vita" as a starlet hounded by Paparazzo -- kissing a married movie producer at a cafe in Rome.

Quinto told ABC News in 1997 that Ekberg shot arrows at him as he stood outside her house at 5 a.m. One nicked Quinto's hand, and another struck a photographer's car.

La Dolce Vita

fellini-la-dolce-vita.jpgLa Dolce Vita (1960) takes place in the economic boom of post war Italy. Main character Marcello is a celebrity reporter and cheats on his long suffering girlfriend with a variety of society types. He can't seem to find any real meaning in his life and he is torn between the allure of society living and that of respectable domesticity. is reporting this story, I tried to find a press release on the Cannes website but couldn't:

This year's Cannes Film Festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Golden Palm (Palm d'Or) Winner Federico Fellini's "La dolce vita" with the world premiere of a documentary about the making of this classic movie.

Titled "We Who Made "La dolce vita" ("Noi che abbiamo fatto 'La dolce vita') the tribute is directed by Gianfranco Mingozzi who was Fellini's a.d. on the film "La dolce vita."

La Dolce Vita, 50 years and counting

An article about the anniversary of La Dolce Vita from the BBC:

Fifty years ago this month, cinema history was being made - inside a fountain.


Not any old fountain, but Salvi's masterpiece, the Trevi fountain, in the centre of Rome.

The scene has the actors Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni wading through its chilled waters in sensual abandon.

An erotically charged, but fully clothed, expression of lust and loss, it was shockingly original and audacious for audiences half a century ago.

The film was La Dolce Vita, or The Sweet Life.

The Trevi fountain scene has become an iconic moment, pitting an electrifying Ekberg, with those waters caressing her impossibly voluptuous body, alongside a hopelessly infatuated, tuxedo-clad Mastroianni.

It is a fusion of eroticism, temptation and ultimately frustration and all encapsulated into one minute and 38 seconds of celluloid brilliance.

La Dolce Vita - Trevi Fountain Scene

The Trevi Fountain scene from La Dolce Vita: