Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni


“It’s an Italian movie, but even with the subcaptions, I don’t know what’s going on. They had Jesus hanging off the helicopter, but you could tell it was a dummy.” Uncle Junior, The Sopranos.

Anita Ekberg as Sylvia and Marcello Mastroianni as Marcello Rubini, in La Dolce Vita, 1960. Directed by Federico Fellini. Cinematography by Otello Martelli.

Synopsis: Tabloid columnist, Marcello, wanders around Rome and cavorts in a fountain with Sylvia. A news photographer, named Paparazzo, gives birth to the word paparazzi.

Legend has it, during the famous fountain scene, shot in winter, vodka-fuelled Mastroianni wore a wetsuit beneath his clothes. Ekberg stood in the cold water for hours in her dress without complaint.

When Mastroianni died in 1996 The Trevi Fountain was turned off and draped in black.

The square was cut from a BFI leaflet, May 2015 (found on the Southbank).

You can see the whole piece here.



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