La Dolce Vita, stars and celebrities in Italy
Anna Magnani, 1956, Roma © Archivio Cinecittà Luce
Sophia Loren, 1956, Roma © Archivio Cinecittà Luce
Brigitte Bardot, 1956, Roma © Archivio Cinecittà Luce
Ava Gardner & Walter Chiari, 1956, Roma © Archivio Cinecittà Luce
Kim Novak, 1957, Roma © Archivio Cinecittà Luce
Audrey Hepburn, 1959, Roma © Archivio Cinecittà Luce
Gina Lollobrigida, 1960, Roma © Archivio Cinecittà Luce
Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon et derrière, Paolo Stoppa, 1962, Roma © Archivio Cinecittà Luce
Charlton Heston & Stephen Boyd, 1959, Roma © Archivio Cinecittà Luce
Anita Ekberg avec Shubert, 1959, Roma © Archivio Cinecittà Luce
84 images, almost completely unpublished and shown for the first time to the American audience, pictures stolen to the next great international movie stars, and in the background, the Italy of the Fifties that reflects itself over the frenzy fans looking for autographs; rites, characters and personalities that would have rendered Italian Fifties a period of great charm and Italy itself an unique place in the world.
The 84 pictures selected by Marco Panella, the curator in the Archivio Storico Luce photographic funds, rebuild an era whose memory has become a peculiar sign of the Italy representation in the world.
Between the celebrities that in those years animated social life and charm in a Rome competing with Hollywood for the international star system, many Americans arrived with the major companies that shot their Kolossal in Cinecitta.
“New York is an elective location for this exhibition” says Marco Panella “ideal in order to witness and pay homage to that strong link that, in the Fifties, Italian habits and society has had with the United States. Telling Italian Fifties is like telling a Nation in its light- heartened youth; a charming and moving tale, sometimes naïve, everybody is fascinated by; a tale that keeps on rendering an extremely attractive image of our Country.”
La Dolce Vita 1950-1960
stars and celebrities in the italian Fifties
On view until November 14th 2011
200 Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10010