Anita Ekberg Inside St Peter’s dome in La Dolce Vita (1960)

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Anita Ekberg inside St Peter’s dome in La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini, 1960 via

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Anita Ekberg inside St Peter’s dome in La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini, 1960 via

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Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg inside St Peter’s dome in La Dolce Vita directed by Federico Fellini, 1960 via

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 Photos by Renowned Fashion Photographer Frank Horvat

Frank Horvat was born in Opatija in 1928, that was then Italy and is now Croatia. He studied art in Milan; a meeting in 1951 with photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson decided his fate as a photojournalist. Today he is best known for his fashion photography, published between the mid 1950s and the end of the 1980s.

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Untitled by Frank Horvat, 1962 via

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Judy Dent, Yorkshire, for Vogue UK, by Frank Horvat, 1961 via

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Françoise Sagan, writer, Paris by Frank Horvat, 1959 via

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Fashion in Streets by Frank Horvat via

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Deborah Dixon & Marcello Mastroianni, Rome, by Frank Horvat for Harper´s Bazar, 1962 via

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Paris, for Élegance, Judy Dent by Frank Horvat, 1961 via