Death and the Dolce Vita, “a hybrid of history and police detection, brilliantly recreates the details of the Montesi affair” in light of the postwar economic miracolo italiano that inspired Fellini’s classic film of libertine ...
Author: Stephen Gundle
Publisher: Canongate Books
On 9 April 1953 an attractive twenty-one-year-old woman went missing from her family home in Rome. Thirty-six hours later her body was found washed up on a neglected beach at Tor Vaianica. Some said it was suicide; others, a tragic accident. Darker murmurs blamed her death on a drug-fuelled orgy that had gone horribly wrong. The crime gripped the nation. And some were determined to find out the truth of what had happened: the mystery took them from the capitals seediest back streets right up to the highest office in the land. Dolce Vita casts fascinating light on the myriad colours and contradictions of Rome in the 1950s. Stephen Gundle brilliantly portrays the Rome of romance, luxury and glamour; the Rome of flowers, fountains and Vespas. It is Rome as a film set- embodied by Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday. But the murder of Wilma Montesi exposed the other side of this beautiful city: carnal crimes, sex, drugs, corruption and endless cover-ups.Stephen Gundle picks his way through the evidence to expose the foul underbelly of Rome in the 1950s a place of bitter hearts and broken dreams.
Sangue Sulla Dolce Vita. Rome: L'Airone Editrice, 2006. Davis, Melton. All Rome
Trembled: The Strange Affair of Wilma Montesi. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons,
1957. Gundel, Stephen. Death and the Dolce Vita: The Dark Side of Rome in the
Author: Shawn Levy
Publisher: Hachette UK
SUNDAY TIMES FILM BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Uproariously readable ... Levy is a master of the group biography' Sunday Times 'Teeming with satisfying gossipy details' Guardian 'Exalts the intoxicating, beguiling dreaminess of Rome in its celluloid heyday' TLS 1950s Rome. From the ashes of war, the Eternal City is reborn as the epicentre of film, style and boldfaced libertinism. Movie stars including Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor flock to Cinecittà studio and mix with blue bloods and bohemians at the bars on Via Veneto, while behind them trail street photographers in pursuit of the most unflattering and dramatic portraits of fame. In a fast-paced, kaleidoscopic narrative, Shawn Levy recreates Rome's ascent with compelling tales of its glitterati and artists, down to every last outrageous detail of the city's magnificent transformation into 'Hollywood on the Tiber'.
Gundle, Stephen (2011) Death and the Dolce Vita: The Dark Side of Rome in the
1950s, Edinburgh: Canongate. Harcourt, Peter (1966) 'The Secret Life of
Federico Fellini', Film Quarterly, 19:3, 4–19. (Reprinted in Peter Harcourt, Six
Author: Richard Dyer
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Fellini's La dolce vita has been a phenomenon since before it was made, a scandal in the making and on release in 1960 and a reference point ever since. Much of what made it notorious was its incorporation of real people, events and lifestyles, making it a documentation of its time. It uses performance, camera movement, editing and music to produce a striking aesthetic mix of energy and listlessness, of exuberance and despair. Richard Dyer's study considers each of these aspects of the film – phenomenon, document, aesthetic – and argues that they are connected. Beginning with the inspirations and ideas that were subsequently turned into La dolce vita, Dyer then explores the making of the film, the film itself and finally its critical reception, providing engaging new insights into this mesmerising piece of cinema.
Fear: Be spiritual and you won't have it Not fearing death conquers fear itself. If
you're spiritually grounded you don't have to fear anything. A clear conscience is
the first step to becoming fearless. Everyone fears something in life but normally ...
Author: Stephen a Di Biase
Publisher: Premier Insights LLC
"La Dolce Vita" describes my life's journey from a lower middle-class family to the ranks of a Fortune 500 executive while enduring the challenges of a lifetime of poor health. The learning is that a good life is possible if one looks upon adversity as a source of advantage while focusing on what’s important and managing the urgent appropriately.
of the privileged symbolic systems of modernity, he stresses rather its kinship to
oblivion: death and fashion are “sisters” insofar as both are daughters of “
caducity” (caducità; OM 75–78). The dialogue allegorizes the nihilistic workings
Author: Alessia Ricciardi
Publisher: Stanford University Press
This book chronicles the demise of the supposedly leftist Italian cultural establishment during the long 1980s. During that time, the nation's literary and intellectual vanguard managed to lose the prominence handed it after the end of World War II and the defeat of Fascism. What emerged instead was a uniquely Italian brand of cultural capital that deliberately avoided any critical questioning of the prevailing order. Ricciardi criticizes the development of this new hegemonic arrangement in film, literature, philosophy, and art criticism. She focuses on several turning points: Fellini's futile, late-career critique of Berlusconi-style commercial television, Calvino's late turn to reactionary belletrism, Vattimo's nihilist and conservative responses to French poststructuralism, and Bonito Oliva's movement of art commodification, Transavanguardia.
2 Stephen Gundle, Death and the Dolce Vita, pp. 134–135. 3 Agostino
Giovagnoli, “Dalpartito del18aprile 1948al 'partito pesante.' La Democrazia
cristiananel 1951” Italia contemporanea June 2002, n. 227. 4 On Catholic
morality campaign ...
Author: Alison Dagnes
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
There are many types of political scandals: sex, corruption, and election scandals are but a few. Political scandals are public events that have tremendous consequence on citizenry and can undermine democratic institutions-when we pay attention to scandal, we risk ignoring weightier matters. This volume brings together an array of academics to explore the impact of political scandals. What makes this book different from others is the wide spectrum of perspectives brought together to help analyze a single subject.
Dolce Vita casts fascinating light on the myriad colours and contradictions of Rome in the 1950s. Stephen Gundle brilliantly portrays the Rome of romance, luxury and glamour; the Rome of flowers, fountains and Vespas.
Author: Stephen Gundle
On 9 April 1953 an attractive twenty-one-year-old woman went missing from her family home in Rome. Thirty-six hours later her body was found washed up on a neglected beach at Tor Vaianica. Some said it was suicide; others, a tragic accident. Darker murmurs blamed her death on a drug-fuelled orgy that had gone horribly wrong. The crime gripped the nation. And some were determined to find out the truth of what had happened: the mystery took them from the capital's seediest back streets right up to the highest office in the land. Dolce Vita casts fascinating light on the myriad colours and contradictions of Rome in the 1950s. Stephen Gundle brilliantly portrays the Rome of romance, luxury and glamour; the Rome of flowers, fountains and Vespas. It is Rome as a film set- embodied by Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday. But the murder of Wilma Montesi exposed the other side of this beautiful city: carnal crimes, sex, drugs, corruption and endless cover-ups. Stephen Gundle picks his way through the evidence to expose the foul underbelly of Rome in the 1950s â€“ a place of bitter hearts and broken dreams.
This is the second book in the Soul Traveler series.
Author: Navyo Ericsen
Amidst the sensual beauty, ancient history and passionate chaos of Italy, the author struggles to accept his mother's death, only to find it an opportunity for something else entirely. An insightful, often hilarious account of finding oneself in the aftermath of loss. With universal themes of mother-son, death and grief, trust in life, belonging, identity, religion, the feminine, sex and sensuality, this is not just a personal journey but an inside look into Italy, its culture and people. This is the second book in the Soul Traveler series.
That April the Fall of Bataan had occurred with the surrender of American and
Filipino troops, when 72,000 of them, diseased and starving, were forced through
jungles on the seventy mile Bataan Death March, some18,000 to 20,000 dying
Author: Julia Falkner-Tompkins
A wartime story of two British children in America and beyond.
The Death of Classical Cinema uncovers the extremely rich yet insufficiently
explored dialogue between classical and ... to such acclaimed modernist works
of the period as Godard's Contempt, Fellini's La dolce vita, Antonioni's Red
Author: Joe McElhaney
Publisher: SUNY Press
A study of three classical filmmakers and the films they made at the cusp of the modernist movement in cinema.
How this news item of everyday life exploded into one of the greatest scandals of a modern democracy is the story Karen Pinkus tells in The Montesi Scandal.
Author: Karen Pinkus
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Early on a windy morning in April 1953, the body of a young woman washed up on a beach outside of Rome. Her name was Wilma Montesi, and, as the papers reported, she had left her home in the city center a day earlier, alone. The police called her death an accidental drowning. But the public was not convinced. In the cafés around the Via Veneto, people began to speak-of the son of a powerful politician, lavish parties, movie stars, orgies, drugs. How this news item of everyday life exploded into one of the greatest scandals of a modern democracy is the story Karen Pinkus tells in The Montesi Scandal. Wilma's death brought to the surface every simmering element of Italian culture: bitter aspiring actresses, corrupt politicians, nervous Jesuits in sunglasses, jaded princes. Italians of all types lined up to testify-in court or to journalists of varying legitimacy-about the death of the middle-class carpenter's daughter, in the process creating a media frenzy and the modern culture of celebrity. Witnesses sold their stories to the tabloids, only to retract them. They posed for pictures, pretending to shun the spotlight. And they in turn became celebrities in their own right. Pinkus takes us through the alleys and entryways of Rome in the 1950s, linking Wilma's death to the beginnings of the dolce vita, now synonymous with modern Roman life. Pinkus follows the first paparazzi on their scooters as they shoot the protagonists and gives us an insider's view of the stories and trials that came to surround this lonely figure that washed up on the shores of Ostia. Full of the magnificent paparazzi photos of the protagonists in the drama and film stills from the era's landmark movies, The Montesi Scandal joins true crime with "high" culture in an original form, one true to both the period and the cinematic conception of life it created. More than a meditation of the intricate ties among movies, paparazzo photography, and Italian culture, The Montesi Scandal narrates Wilma's story and its characters as the notes for an unrealized film, but one that, as the reader discovers, seems impossible to produce.
But the farmers would go wild with jealousy (eating your wife's pasta is
tantamount to bedding her, Sandro told us) and so wish for the pasta to choke the
gluttonous priests to death. Anyway, we've had fun making our own strozzapreti
Author: Cathy Rogers
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
A selection of delicious Italian recipes, inspired by one couple’s journey of a lifetime
... after the director's death. Among those, I'll note Su La dolce vita con Federico
Fellini (On La dolce vita with Federico Fellini, 1960, expanded edition, 1996); L'
intervista lunga in Giulietta degli spiriti (The Long Interview in Giulietta degli spiriti
Author: Tullio Kezich
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A lively and authoritative journey into the world of a cinema master With the revolutionary 8 1/2, Federico Fellini put his deepest desires and anxieties before the lens in 1963, permanently impacting the art of cinema in the process. Now, more than forty years later, film critic and Fellini confidant Tullio Kezich has written the work by which all other biographies of the filmmaker are sure to be measured. In this moving and intimately revealing account of a lifetime spent in pictures, Kezich uses his friendship with Fellini as a means to step outside the frame of myth and anecdote that surrounds him—much, it turns out, of the director's own making. A great lover of women and a meticulous observer of dreams, Fellini, perhaps more than any other director of the twentieth century, created films that embodied a thoroughly modern sensibility, eschewing traditional narrative along with religious and moral precepts. His is an art of delicate pathos, of episodic films that directly address the intersection of reality, fantasy, and desire that exists as a product of mid-century Italy—a country reeling from a Fascist regime as it struggled with an outmoded Catholic national identity. As Kezich reveals, the dilemmas Fellini presents in his movies reflect not only his personal battles but those of Italian society. The result is a book that explores both the machinations of cinema and the man who most grandly embraced the full spectrum of its possibilities, leaving his indelible mark on it forever.
Death and life , shadow and light , and all that crap . ” “ Fine . Let ' s talk about
light . Tell me . . . about the most beautiful moment of your life . ” He looked at me
as if I had said something unbelievable . His lighter - colored eye almost seemed
Author: Stefano Benni
Publisher: Europa Editions Incorporated
Fourteen-year-old Margherita tries to break her family's new love of modern technology and high-tech excesses and go back to their simpler, more frugal ways.
... The (1978), 231 death and killing, 3, 62; biopower and, 43; choreographed, 97,
98; death anxiety of torture survivors, ... 266, 268 Dolce Vita, La (1960), 94, 95
domination, 7 dominatrix imagery, 109, 123 Donovan, Terence, 93 Dostoevsky, ...
Author: Michael Flynn
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Before 9/11, films addressing torture outside of the horror/slasher genre depicted the practice in a variety of forms. In most cases, torture was cast as the act of a desperate and depraved individual, and the viewer was more likely to identify with the victim rather than the torturer. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, scenes of brutality and torture in mainstream comedies, dramatic narratives, and action films appear for little other reason than to titillate and delight. In these films, torture is devoid of any redeeming qualities, represented as an exercise in brutal senselessness carried out by authoritarian regimes and institutions. This volume follows the shift in the representation of torture over the past decade, specifically in documentary, action, and political films. It traces and compares the development of this trend in films from the United States, Europe, China, Latin America, South Africa, and the Middle East. Featuring essays by sociologists, psychologists, historians, journalists, and specialists in film and cultural studies, the collection approaches the representation of torture in film and television from multiple angles and disciplines, connecting its aesthetics and practices to the dynamic of state terror and political domination.
La Dolce Vita Pius XII's death was a cruel one, if only for the way his body came
hurtling into media history when the pope's physician, Riccardo Galeazzi Lisi,
sold photos of his last hours to a magazine. As the world learned to its dismay, ...
Author: Sergio Luzzatto
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
The first historical appraisal of the astonishing life and times of a controversial twentieth-century saint Padre Pio is one of the world's most beloved holy figures, more popular in Italy than the Virgin Mary and even Jesus. His tomb is the most visited Catholic shrine anywhere, drawing more devotees than Lourdes. His miraculous feats included the ability to fly and to be present in two places at once; an apparition of Padre Pio in midair prevented Allied warplanes from dropping bombs on his hometown. Most notable of all were his stigmata, which provoke heated controversy to this day. Were they truly God-given? A psychosomatic response to extreme devotion? Or, perhaps, the self-inflicted wounds of a charlatan? Now acclaimed historian Sergio Luzzatto offers a pioneering investigation of this remarkable man and his followers. Neither a worshipful hagiography nor a sensationalist exposé, Padre Pio is a nuanced examination of the persistence of mysticism in contemporary society and a striking analysis of the links between Catholicism and twentieth-century politics. Granted unprecedented access to the Vatican archives, Luzzatto has also unearthed a letter from Padre Pio himself in which the monk asks for a secret delivery of carbolic acid—a discovery which helps explain why two successive popes regarded Padre Pio as a fraud, until pressure from Pio-worshipping pilgrims forced the Vatican to change its views. A profoundly original tale of wounds and wonder, salvation and swindle, Padre Pio explores what it really means to be a saint in our time.
... 1961 ) Mastroianni co - stars with Brigitte Bardot , who plays a young starlet
eventually hounded to death by the press and the paparazzi . ... As in La dolce
vita , they have more in common with the figure of the inetto than Don Giovanni .
Author: Jacqueline Reich
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Marcello Mastroianni is considered by many to be the consummate symbol of Italian masculinity. In this work, Jacqueline Reich goes behind the popular image to reveal a figure at odds with and out of place in the unstable political, social and sexual climate of post-war Italy.
Thus, in another unforgettable scene in La dolce vita, while Marcello and the
police wait in the Steiner apartment amid ... photographing her as she walks to
the apartment from her bus in ignorance of the horrific scene of death that awaits
Author: Sam B. Girgus
Publisher: Columbia University Press
In his philosophy of ethics and time, Emmanuel Levinas highlighted the tension that exists between the "ontological adventure" of immediate experience and the "ethical adventure" of redemptive relationships-associations in which absolute responsibility engenders a transcendence of being and self. In an original commingling of philosophy and cinema study, Sam B. Girgus applies Levinas's ethics to a variety of international films. His efforts point to a transnational pattern he terms the "cinema of redemption" that portrays the struggle to connect to others in redeeming ways. Girgus not only reveals the power of these films to articulate the crisis between ontological identity and ethical subjectivity. He also locates time and ethics within the structure and content of film itself. Drawing on the work of Luce Irigaray, Tina Chanter, Kelly Oliver, and Ewa Ziarek, Girgus reconsiders Levinas and his relationship to film, engaging with a feminist focus on the sexualized female body. Girgus offers fresh readings of films from several decades and cultures, including Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Federico Fellini's La dolce vita (1959), Michelangelo Antonioni's L'avventura (1960), John Huston's The Misfits (1961), and Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988).