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Anita Ekberg warming up on the set of La Dolce Vita after wading in the Trevi Fountain (1959)
“Anita Ekberg was a glorious apparition! She was like phosphorus, an extraterrestrial with a lunar pallor in her face and hair. It’s been a long time since I saw Anita. Watching her weather so many seasons as she has…I particularly appreciate her because in one of my films, a filmetto called Intervista, I narrated a visit with Mastroianni to her villa in the country. She’s a woman of a certain age who’s put on weight, who lives with her dogs and ducks, like a happy peasant.
And I saw she’d aged gracefully, a tranquil aging, sober, wise…She’s no longer the glorious diva, the Olympian she once was but she seems to me a beautiful example of serenity.”
-Federico Fellini, 1993
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Ingrid Bergman with her children Isotta, Isabella and Robertino in Santa Marinella, Italy, July 1957.
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Room with a View (Dir: James Ivory, 1986).
Hotel degli Orafi, Lungarno degli Archibusieri 4, Florence, Italy.
Lucy’s room without a view beside Florence’s Arno River was in the Pensione Bertolini which closed in the 1990’s to be renovated and reopened as the Hotel degli Orafi. The knife fight scene was shot in the Piazza della Signorina, which obviously looks identical, seeing as it’s playing itself in the film, and the extras try to revive the victim of the knife fight in the nearby Neptune Fountain. If you’ve been to the National Gallery in London you may recognise it as the spot where Cecil in all his (and Daniel Day Lewis’) grandness invites the family to visit. Cecil’s own London home is probably the prize for location visitors, the house is called the Linley Sambourne House, 18 Stafford Terrace W8, London and is a specially preserved late Victorian property used in lots of films and open to the public.
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Brigitte Bardot in Capri during the production of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 movie Contempt
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Katharine Hepburn, on a day off from shooting SUMMERTIME, tours the city of Venice.
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