Happy New(ish) Year!
I’ve read it’s okay to say this until the end of the month. I made it just under the wire. I cannot believe February 1st is next week.
I’ve been meaning to check out the new exhibit at the Ara Pacis since the day it opened. It closes February 17th. If you live in Rome or are planning to visit, I recommend seeing it.
I loved learning more about Mastroianni’s childhood and family. I knew he was a stage actor for years before becoming a film star but had not seen many photos from that era. I didn’t know producer Dino de Laurentiis (grandfather of Giada) wanted Paul Newman for the lead in “La Dolce Vita”. Fellini said no. I’m trying to picture how different the film would’ve been.
Mastroianni was very handsome and had charisma for days but didn’t want to be seen as the cliché “Latin Lover”. In many films he upended the stereotype, playing anti-heroes who didn’t know how to deal with shifting gender roles, political/economic instability, and changing social mores.
Along with set photographs, one sheets, and short clips from several films, there were also a few costumes from his movies, including an iconic dress worn by Sophia Loren.
The exhibit is well organized, translated (English), and curated. If you love movies, the arts, Italian history, it’s a must.
Photos: Museo dell’Ara Pacis
Open daily, from 9.30 to 19.30
Last admission 1 hour before closing time