Dolce Vita Confidential: Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi, and the Swinging High Life of 1950s Rome

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 1.3 X 8.2 inches | 0.84 pounds
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About the Author

Shawn Levy is the international bestselling author of The Castle on Sunset, Paul Newman: A Life, Rat Pack Confidential, and six other books of biography and pop culture history. A former film critic for The Oregonian and KGW-TV, he has written for The New York Times, Interview, Sight and Sound, Variety, The Guardian, The Village Voice, The Black Rock Beacon, and many, many other publications. He holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of California, Irvine and serves on the board of Operation Pitch Invasion in Portland, Oregon, where he jumps and claps and sings for victory.


"In a brisk, frothy narrative....Levy has a passion for mid-century Italian cinema and is at his best when writing about its giants."
"Over 400 spirited and frothy pages, [Levy] carries us on a speedy Vespa ride....the book delights."
"Levy's research is deep and his details are revealing....[he] chronicles Fellini and Mastroianni's collaboration with insight and affection."
An enjoyable and informative read about an exciting and colorful period in Roman history and the history of popular culture.
Shawn Levy has composed an exuberant portrait of postwar Rome and the filmmakers, movie stars, fashion designers, journalists, and paparazzi whose supreme hunger, energy, and creativity transformed it into the most stylish city in the world. He brings an infectious and freewheeling enthusiasm to every page as he reintroduces us to the extravagant romanticism of fast cars, reckless hedonism, and beautiful people behind the resurrection of the Eternal City.--Glenn Frankel, author of The Seachers: The Making of an American Legend
An eclectic portrait of Rome's rise out of the ashes of WWII into a metropolis....a fascinating look at decades of Italian cultural history.
Levy's spirited history is nothing less than a love letter to Rome's luxurious, sensational past.
Levy captures much of the excitement of that time and place in a prose style that is teeming with satisfying gossipy details.
Uproariously readable. . . . [Levy] tells some terrific, if dreadful, stories about the convergence of noblemen and actresses. . . . He is a master of the group biography, pacing his chapters for maximum suspense and revelation. . . . The climactic story is a humdinger. . . . Wickedly readable.
Levy's absorbing, well-researched book exalts the intoxicating, beguiling dreaminess of Rome in its celluloid heyday.
Details the fashion and cinema of 1950s Rome--from Pucci to Peck--with love.
Levy's research is deep and his details are revealing. . . . [He] chronicles Fellini and Mastroianni's collaboration with insight and affection.
An exciting account of a revolution in art and society.
Comprehensive and exuberant.
Dolce Vita Confidential is so much fun that after a few pages you'll want to set it aside, tie on a chic little scarf, jump on a Vespa, and cry 'ciao' as you buzz past corner cafés and flower stands.