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The Years of La Dolce Vita - The Birth of Celebrity Culture in Focus

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If you lived through the 1950s and 60s or you're a fan of contemporary Italian cinema and celebrity culture, then head over to the Estorick Collection this summer. "The Years of La Dolce Vita" exhibition features some 80 photographs which capture the dolce vita (literally 'sweet life') enjoyed by Italian movie stars and Hollywood 'royalty' working in Rome during the 1960s.

This period was a golden era in Italian film with iconic movies like La Dolce Vita (1960) and epic productions like Ben-Hur (1959) and Cleopatra (1963) were filmed in Rome. Rome was the open-air film set and haunt of Hollywood stars like John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Lauren Bacall and Liz Taylor.

The photographs capture this era of extraordinary glamour, creativity and decadence in a candid and evocative manner, and reveal the public, professional and private lives of some of the movie industry's most celebrated actors and actresses.
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Phone: 44 (0)20 7704 9522
Where: Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
Cost: Admission: 5.00 / Concessions 3.50 / National Art Pass, 2.50 / Free to school children and full time students with valid NUS ID card
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