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


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$27.95  $25.99
W. W. Norton & Company
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6.5 X 1.5 X 9.3 inches | 1.5 pounds
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About the Author

Shawn Levy is the author of King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis, Ready, Steady, Go! and Rat Pack Confidential. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Movieline, Film Comment and Pulse!. He is a former senior editor of American Film.


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
"Over 400 spirited and frothy pages, [Levy] carries us on a speedy Vespa ride....the book delights."
"In a brisk, frothy narrative....Levy has a passion for mid-century Italian cinema and is at his best when writing about its giants."
This is an exciting account of a revolution in art and society.
"Levy's research is deep and his details are revealing....[he] chronicles Fellini and Mastroianni's collaboration with insight and affection."
Levy recounts with enthusiasm and colour....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.
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 cafes and flower stands.