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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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European Vacation (originally given the working title Vacation ‘2’ Europe) is a 1985 comedy film. The second film in National Lampoon’s Vacation film series, it was directed by Amy Heckerling and stars Chevy Chase.
Famous landmarks and sights appearing as the family tours England, France, West Germany, and Italy include:
London’s Tower Bridge
Lambeth Bridge Roundabout (Clark drives the car into the inner ring and can’t get out of the traffic)
Heathrow International Airport
Big Ben (which Clark repeatedly announces to the kids on every loop around the Lambeth Bridge roundabout)
Palace of Westminster
Stonehenge (which they accidentally knock down with their car, like dominoes)
Paris’ Left Bank
Notre Dame de Paris cathedral
Other locations used in the movie include:
Statue of Liberty (the torch of which their plane crashes into and knocks over)
Notting Hill (where Clark runs over Eric Idle’s character)
Scenes supposedly taking place in West Germany were actually shot in Italy (Brixen).
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It Started in Naples is an American romantic comedy film made by Paramount Pictures and released in August 1960. It was directed by Melville Shavelson and produced by Jack Rose from a screenplay by Suso Cecchi d’Amico based on the story by Michael Pertwee and Jack Davies. The film stars Clark Gable, Sophia Loren, Vittorio De Sica and an Italian cast.
Filmed on location in Rome, Naples and Capri.
Romeo and Juliet (1968) was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and starred Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey.
Set in a 15th-century Renaissance period, Romeo & Juliet was filmed entirely in Italy in varying locations:
The balcony scene: At the Palazzo Borghese, built by Cardinal Scipione Borghese in the 16th century, in Artena, 20 miles south of Rome.
The church scenes: At a Romanesque church named St. Pietro in Tuscania, 50 miles northwest of Rome.
The tomb scene: Also in Tuscania.
The palace of the Capulets’ scenes: At Palazzo Piccolomini, built between 1459-62 by Pope Pius II, in the city of Pienza, in Siena province.
The street scenes: Also in Pienza.
The fight scenes: In Gubbio, a town in Umbria province.
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Danger: Diabolik (also known simply as Diabolik) is a 1968 feature film from Italian filmmaker Mario Bava based on the Italian comic character Diabolik.
A Dino De Laurentiis production (producer of Barbarella, which also featured Law), filmed at his studios in Rome. Also some scenes from the roof of the nearby Rome Hilton hotel with Valmont and his men
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The set of “La Dolce Vita”
(Federico Fellini, 1960)
The famous scene in the Trevi Fountain was shot over a week in winter: in March according to the BBC, in late January according to Anita Ekberg. Fellini claimed that Ekberg stood in the cold water in her dress for hours without any trouble while Mastroianni had to wear a wetsuit beneath his clothes - to no avail. It was only after “he polished off a bottle of vodka” that Fellini could shoot the scene with a drunk Mastroianni.