The “sweet life”: Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg Famous Scene in the Trevi Fountain (1960)

La Dolce Vita is a 1960 Italian comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Federico Fellini. The film follows Marcello Rubini, a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over seven days and nights on his journey through the “sweet life” of Rome in a fruitless search for love and happiness. La Dolce Vita won the Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Costumes, and remains one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time.

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 the actor “polished off a bottle of vodka” and “was completely pissed” that Fellini could shoot the scene.

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Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini, 1960 via

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Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini, 1960 via

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Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini, 1960 via

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Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini, 1960 via

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Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini, 1960 via

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Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini, 1960 via

Vintage Glamour Photos of Old Hollywood Actresses Wearing Gloves

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Ava Gardner via bellazon.com

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Hedy Lamarr via rarephotos.info

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Jane Russell via hippowallpapers.com

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Audrey Hepburn via reddit.com

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Anita Ekberg via tumblr.com

Cigarette Holders – Old Hollywood Photographs

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Marlene Dietrich jewelsdujour.com

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Five Came Back, Lucille ball, 1939 fineartamerica.com

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Lupe Velez, 1941 fineartamerica.com

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Rita Hayworth, Colombia ictures, 1940s fineartamerica.com

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Sunset Boulevard, Gloria Swanson, 1950 fineartamerica.com

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Anita Ekberg, with a cigarette holder wordpress.com

Swedish Photographer Georg Oddner

Georg Mirskij Oddner (1923 – 2007) was one of Swedens greatest photographers from the 20th century.

Oddner was a jazz musician and studying advertising in the 1940s when he first came into contact with photography through John Melin, art director at Svenska Telegrambyrån in Malmö, the largest advertising agency in Scandinavia. From there, Oddner began working a variety of advertising jobs, including industry, architecture, and clothing, as well as for SAS.

In the mid-1950s Oddner traveled to California, South America, the Soviet Union, and the far east. During these travels he was able to pursue photography for his own purposes. He predominantly used Hasselblad and Leica equipment.

His favorite photographers included Henri Cartier-Bresson and Richard Avedon.

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Anita Ekberg by Georg Oddner (1951)

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Georg Oddner Paris (1952)

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Georg Oddner

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Georg Oddner

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Georg Oddner

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