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Go See: The Years of La Dolce Vita – The Birth of Celebrity Culture in Focus – London

Brigitte Bardot in SpoletoSueBondOnPAN
↑ Brigitte Bardot in Spoleto, June 1961 / Marcello Geppetti

This summer the Estorick Collection in London presents The Years of La Dolce Vita, an exhibition which explores one of the most fertile periods in contemporary Italian cinema and the simultaneous explosion of celebrity culture.
‘Revealing the public, professional and private lives of some of the movie industry’s most celebrated actors and actresses, The Years of La Dolce Vita not only provides a candid and evocative snapshot of an era noted for its extraordinary vitality, but also presents a selection of images which, for better or worse, helped to change the face of photojournalism forever.’
The eighty photographs, on view from 30 April to 29 June 2014, capture the dolce vita (literally ‘sweet life’) enjoyed by Italian movie stars and Hollywood ‘royalty’ working in Rome during the 1960s.
This exhibition draws on the vast archive of Marcello Geppetti – one of the inspirations for the character of Paparazzo in La Dolce Vita (1960) – as well as number of photographs taken on the set of the film by its cameraman, Arturo Zavattini.

The Years of La Dolce Vita
30 April to 29 June 2014
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN

Above Brigitte Bardot image caption:
Marcello Geppetti (1933-1998)
MGMC & Solares Fondazione delle Arti