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Old 21st November 2010   #1
Karsten
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Default La dolce Vita: More Anita Ekberg

A post on this forum last year described an exhibition of drawings rendered by the legendary Italian director Federico Fellini, whose masterpiece, La dolce Vita, captures voluptuous Anita Ekberg in perhaps the most stunning images of plus-size beauty ever put on film.

Well, this year marks the 50th anniversary of La dolce Vita, and to mark the occasion, a newly restored print has been released and is in theatrical release in Italy. But this isn't merely a cleaned-up copy. As this article states, it includes extra, never-before-seen footage -- footage of the very best kind:

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The 50th anniversary of the black and white film was marked by the release of a digitally remastered version of the cult classic, with 10 additional minutes of scenes of Ekberg, whose kiss with the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni has become one of the most famous scenes in cinema history.

That's right -- more Anita. I'm eager to find out what the extra scenes might look like. Another article gives a hint:

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this new ‘Dolce Vita’ adds new frames to some of the legendary scenes of cinema history. These include the famous forbidden bath that starred lush Anita Ekberg in the waters of Fontana di Trevi, with takes that were discarded showing the actress entering the waters of the monument.

So the extra footage will add to the most amazing part of the film. I can't wait to see it. Hopefully the print will soon be released as a new DVD.

Actually, in the entire movie, I think Anita looks most gorgeous in the early press-conference scene, where she's dressed in a lace top that showcases her buxom contours. There aren't many good screencaps of this section online, unfortunately, but here's one:



Here, on the other hand, is a famous scene showing Anita in her legendary strapless, sleeveless dress. At first, she dances with Marcello, the film's protagonist, who has fallen in love with Anita. Soon, though a devilish rogue arrives, interrupts Marcello's tender moment with Anita, and begins dancing with her. He looks like a modern-day satyr dancing with Venus herself.



Watch Anita's voluptuous dance movements following 2:16, especially the moment when she brushes her hair, as shown on this poster:



It's so sensual. The clip doesn't have subtitles, but Marcello's words to Anita are legendary. He calls her:

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the first woman on the first day of Creation; you're mother, sister, friend, angel, devil, home. That's what you are...home!

The following video shows the most famous sequence in the film -- Anita's dance in the Trevi Fountain. Words cannot describe the beauty of this scene, which begins at 1:58 in the clip. (Whoever uploaded it edited it to extend the sequence by repeating Anita's close-ups.)

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Old 21st November 2010   #2
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Here's something intriguing - a short news video with behind-the-scenes footage of the shooting of the Trevi Fountain scene, as recorded by the Italian press of the day.



The moments that they captured are not in the established cut of the film, so this video may show the extra scenes that have been restored in the anniversary cut. Anita looks breathtaking as she enters the water and plays in the fountain.
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A seductive photograph of Anita in the Trevi Fountain:



And here's something truly exciting -- the first colour picture that I have ever seen of Anita sharing her legendary screen kiss with Marcello.



Her beauty is overwhelming. It's like a glimpse of every man's dream kiss, the one kiss that every man longs for his whole life - to kiss a voluptuous, full-figured blonde goddess with her tresses tumbling down her bare back. In this movie, Anita really was Venus brought to life and recorded on film.

Here's the full, widescreen shot.



Larger version:
http://i52.tinypic.com/n49xfo.jpg
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Old 23rd November 2010   #4
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Originally Posted by Karsten
A post on this forum last year described an exhibition of drawings rendered by the legendary Italian director Federico Fellini, whose masterpiece, La dolce Vita, captures voluptuous Anita Ekberg in perhaps the most stunning images of plus-size beauty ever put on film

What always intrigued me about the drawing in the linked post was that when Fellini sketched his "ideal" Anita Ekberg, he rendered her much fuller-figured than the real-life Anita, with fleshier arms, more womanly hips, and even more buxom. In other words, when this legendary Italian director was conceiving of his ideal beauty, he was truly seeking a plus-size goddess.

Here are two more of Fellini's sketches of his "dream version" of Anita:


Larger: http://i52.tinypic.com/991jra.jpg


Larger: http://i55.tinypic.com/o0rxiq.jpg

Well, another exciting development that marks the 50th anniversary of La dolce Vita is that an Italian company called Infinite Statue commissioned a sculptor to translate Fellini's drawings of his plus-size Anita into a statuette, and has made this statuette commercially available.



That's right. Unlike the "plus-size Barbie" doll that was described on this forum earlier this year, which was an art project and not commercially available, this is a statuette of a buxom, full-figured goddess that you can actually buy and own.



I think she's incredibly alluring. She may have angelic blonde hair, but the facial expression that the sculptor has rendered is openly carnal and lascivious. He vividly conveyed the uncontrollable appetites that distinguished Anita's character in the movie and made her so exciting.



Although obviously the emphasis is on her buxom curves, as it is in Fellini's drawings, the sculptor has given Anita fuller legs and hips and especially fleshier arms. Even the waist, one senses, is narrowed only because of form-constriction, and would naturally be fuller. This is an Anita whose self-indulgence has made her blossom into a true plus-size goddess, and is therefore even more gorgeous than in the movie.



She looks just as beautiful from the reverse view, with that mane of golden hair.



Here's the product page for the item:

http://www.infinitestatue.com/produ...?products_id=62

It comes with a video of the statuette, and a 360-degree rotating image.

The product description is very similar to the way in which the most gorgeous plus-size models are described here at the Judgment of Paris:

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"Anitona", as Fellini liked to call her, is the indelible and universally noted symbol, not only of the masterpiece of world cinema but of an epoch and a place (Rome) by now part of the collective imagination known as "La dolce vita (The Sweet Life)". Anita (Sylvia in the film) is the prosperous American star, pursued by "paparazzi (photographers)" and courted by all; she is the symbol of liberty, of uninhibited beauty of those dream-filled years....Anitona, often present in Fellini’s designs in the “Book of Dreams”, accompanies and pampers him, and the Maestro presents her as always exaggeratedly endowed, he exaggerates her shapeliness almost as if hoping she would burst forth from the design itself.

The statuette is a gorgeous tribute to a voluptuous screen goddess and all that she embodies.

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