It was the era of sheer dresses, elegant triple strands of pearls, and scarves. It was the time – very Roman and very glamorous – of Hollywood on the Tiber, of Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and Italian cinema divas such as Sophia Loren, Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale, sitting in the Café Greco or Babingtons, or walking around shopping, gracing the Via Condotti, Piazza di Spagna, Via Veneto and Piazza del Popolo. Barillari was always in the right place at the right time because the era from the end of the fifties to the early sixties was one in which recently war-torn Italy regained its wealth and wanted to have some fun. Rome was experiencing a golden age.
Cinecittá has become “Hollywood on the Tiber,” making Dolce Vita Italy the queen of world cinema thanks to its natural sets, the quality of its directors and actors, and the low-cost media that appealed to American producers: twenty-seven blockbusters and hundreds of other films were shot there between 1950 and 1965. The almost continuous arrivals of stars previously unseen in Rome mixed with homegrown stars in a trail of fashion, diva-ism, worldliness, paramours and gossip. This exhibition is the result of a “sentimental” selection from the King of the Paparazzi’s infinite archive: photos that immortalize the magic of US movie stars, homegrown divas, and royalty as they pass through the Italian capital. Until to 22nd September at Castel Romano Designer Outlet.