Dolce Vita Confidential (Paperback)

Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi, and the Swinging High Life of 1950s Rome

By Shawn Levy

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393355086, 496pp.

Publication Date: November 28, 2017

List Price: 18.95*
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Description

“A brisk, frothy narrative . . . informative and fun.” —The Wall Street Journal


In the dizzying wake of World War II, Rome skyrocketed to prominence as an epicenter of film, fashion, photography, and boldfaced libertinism. Artists, exiles, and a dazzling array of movie talent rushed to Rome for a chance to thrive in this hotbed of excitement. From the photographers who tailed the stars to the legends who secured their place in cinematic fame, Dolce Vita Confidential resurrects the drama that permeated the streets and screens of Rome.


About the Author

Shawn Levy is a former film critic for The Oregonian and the best-selling author of Rat Pack Confidential and Paul Newman: A Life. He reviews movies for KGW-TV and lives in Portland, Oregon.


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

Levy captures much of the excitement of that time and place in a prose style that is teeming with satisfying gossipy details.

"In a brisk, frothy narrative....Levy has a passion for mid-century Italian cinema and is at his best when writing about its giants."

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.


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

Levy's spirited history is nothing less than a love letter to Rome's luxurious, sensational past.

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 research is deep and his details are revealing....[he] chronicles Fellini and Mastroianni’s collaboration with insight and affection."

Levy’s absorbing, well-researched book exalts the intoxicating, beguiling dreaminess of Rome in its celluloid heyday.

An enjoyable and informative read about an exciting and colorful period in Roman history and the history of popular culture.

Details the fashion and cinema of 1950s Rome—from Pucci to Peck—with love.

"Over 400 spirited and frothy pages, [Levy] carries us on a speedy Vespa ride....the book delights."

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

Levy’s research is deep and his details are revealing. . . . [He] chronicles Fellini and Mastroianni’s collaboration with insight and affection.

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.

An exciting account of a revolution in art and society.

Comprehensive and exuberant.