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Trevi Fountain

Movie La Dolce Vita Federico Fellini (1960)
Since its release in 1960, La Dolce Vita is a reference of Italian cinema. The pure expression of Federico Fellini's talent, then in full construction of his own and atypical filmic language. A work whose most famous scene contributed to the popularity of the iconic Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain - Credit: Pixabay

“You’re everything, Sylvia. You know that you’re everything? You’re the first woman of creation. You’re the mother, the sister, the lover, the friend… …the angel, the devil, the Earth, the home. That’s what you are: The home!”

Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni)

When the time came to stage the meeting of Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni) and Sylvia (Anita Ekberg) at the Trevi Fountain, Federico Fellini chose to move and shoot at night to avoid the tourists.

If Anita Ekberg claims that the director captured this very romantic sequence in January, other voices have since been raised to contradict her. According to them, Federico Fellini filmed this scene in March, during a whole week.

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In any case, everyone agrees that the water in the monument was ice cold. And if Anita Ekberg never complained, wading in the illustrious pool under the gaze of the statues, Marcello Mastroianni asked to wear a wetsuit under his suit.

It is also said that he used to get drunk just before the scenes to give himself courage. The kind of legend that contributed to the aura of this pure moment of cinema.

80

For the needs of the film, 80 sets were built by the teams of technicians.

Scène à la fontaine de Trevi dans La dolce vita
Scene at the Trevi Fountain in La dolce vita – Credit: Riama Film, Pathé Consortium Cinéma, Gray-Film
Scène à la fontaine de Trevi dans La dolce vita
Scene at the Trevi Fountain in La dolce vita – Credit: Riama Film, Pathé Consortium Cinéma, Gray-Film
Scène à la fontaine de Trevi dans La dolce vita
Scene at the Trevi Fountain in La dolce vita – Credit: Riama Film, Pathé Consortium Cinéma, Gray-Film
Scene at the Trevi Fountain in La dolce vita
Scene at the Trevi Fountain in La dolce vita – Credit: Riama Film, Pathé Consortium Cinéma, Gray-Film

Trevi Fountain

A masterpiece of Baroque art, the Trevi Fountain is considered one of the most romantic fountains in the world. It attracts millions of tourists every year.

The fountain was erected between 1732 and 1762 in the rione di Trevi, next to the Poli Palace. With a height of 26.3 meters, it was commissioned by Pope Clement XII to celebrate the Aqua Virgo aqueduct built in 19 BC. It has been restored several times in order to preserve its beauty, and every day visitors throw coins into its basin. A lucky tradition that allows the city of Rome to donate nearly one million euros per year to the Catholic charity Caritas. It appears in many films.

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By Gilles Rolland

Friday, June 24, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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