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Linda Christian and Tyrone Power got married in Rome in 1949 under the eyes of the international press. In 1950 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer chose Cinecittà to shoot Quo Vadis. Stardom, celebrity and gossip become part of daily life. Nostalgic of the La Dolce Vita, this is the perfect time to go to Rome and enjoy the 50th birthday of this worldwide famous film and lifestyle. Besides the International Film Festival that is dedicating this year’s edition to Fellini’s movie, Rome teems with events about La Dolce Vita.
In one of Rome’s newest and most beautiful archaeological setting, the Trajan’s Markets, you can see a selection of the photographs taken by the first paparazzis in the 1950s showing celebrities in their mundane life. The exposition features 100 pictures and as many magazines that most contributed to the myths and the collective imagery of an era. “La Dolce Vita. 1950-1960 Stars and Celebrities in the Italian Fifties” runs until November 14. Address: 94, Via IV Novembre. From 9 am to 7 pm, Tueday to Sunday. Monday closed. For further information click here.
If you are a cinema and Fellini buff, you can’t miss “Labirinto Fellini”, an exhibition that reviews the great artistic heritage left by Italy’s most famous director. The show is both intended for newcomers and for those who are familiar with Fellini’s works. It was organized by two of his long-time assistants and is divided in two parts. The first features rare material, photos, stills and drawings showing the depth and modernity of Fellini’s art. The second one takes the visitor onto the set of the films directed by Fellini through a special installation. Labirinto Fellini is on show until January 30 at 4, Piazza Orazio Giustiniani. From 4 pm until midnight, everyday except Monday.
Finally, if you are into subtler analyses of this fascinating period, there is a documentary and photo exposition in the prestigious Senate’s Library that explains why 1960 was a turning point for Italian society, arts and politics. Italy told by the press of time with articles and pictures showing the major changes of a booming country. “1960” will run until December 20 at 38 piazza della Minerva. 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. Free entrance.