The ‘Dolce Vita’ ac­cord­ing to Mar­cello Geppetti

All About Italy (USA) - - Discoverin­g Rome -

An epoch of cul­tural and so­cial change for an en­tire coun­try plays out on less than a kilo­me­ter of as­phalt. The hid­den myth of the world in trans­for­ma­tion. Italy has shaken off the rub­ble of war, and starts to re­dis­cover in­di­vid­ual well-be­ing and an eco­nomic mir­a­cle that stretches be­yond the col­lec­tive iden­tity. And fi­nally finds light­ness after years of search­ing in the dark. That kilo­me­ter of as­phalt is via Veneto, an open-air stage con­nect­ing ver­dant Villa Borgh­ese to the his­toric cen­ter of Rome, and where many young ac­tors found their chance to make it… ei­ther to Italy’s Cinecittà stu­dios or to Hol­ly­wood. It is im­pos­si­ble to repli­cate that era, the unique con­junc­ture of world­li­ness and in­tel­lec­tual fer­ment that have gen­er­ated an im­mor­tal im­age.

It is a leg­endary pe­riod, con­sciously and hap­pily friv­o­lous, dom­i­nated by a mor­bid cu­rios­ity for a pre­vi­ously un­known star­dom that pre­ceded. Rome - and Italy over­all - was the ideal set for the ex­tremes, over­whelm­ing loves, star-clad quar­rels and scan­dals, bars, res­tau­rants and night­clubs. That cu­rios­ity could not fo­ment the mo­ment, how­ever, with­out pho­to­graphic care and pa­tience. End­less stalk­ing around the city wait­ing for the right mo­ment, speed and dex­ter­ity to el­bow into the crowd, amongst the fans en­cir­cling the pro­tag­o­nists. A burst of pho­tog­ra­phy — some­what over­whelm­ing — delv­ing into a rou­tine that many de­sired and en­vied. All with a ideal-im­age city as a back­drop. For years they have been shame­fully labled as sim­ple “pa­parazzi”, a cat­e­gory far from the high stan­dards of pho­tog­ra­phy, and yet to­day we re­al­ize that thanks to those mo­ments, pri­vacy pro­faned or not, they gave us the abil­ity to go be­yond what we see, be­yond the ob­jec­tive, be­yond the scoop — mak­ing us breath­less spec­ta­tors of an un­re­peat­able era. Mar­cello Geppetti is one of these in­ter­preters. As a film artist, he was able to trans­pose the unpredicta­ble, the im­pal­pa­ble charm of ev­ery­day life. Yet for years he was only as­so­ci­ated with Ro­togravure... in other

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