A maid looking through the keyhole

There’s a lovely piece by Peter Popham in today’s Independent about the background to Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Here’s an extract from it, with an interesting observation on how artists – some artists – gather their material: 

The film caused a huge scandal when it came out, and narrowly avoided being banned. At the premiere, one outraged signora spat in the director’s face. “We were furious with him,” says Olghina, “because it wasn’t a decadent city. Fellini, who comes from Rimini, based the film on gossip. He wasn’t yet part of the city’s life – he was like a maid looking through the keyhole.” Yet no one denies that Fellini crystallised an amazing vision of Rome.

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