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I really enjoyed this book. I had seen several of the films covered but many years ago. The book puts these films and others, in the specific context of their time. I have decided to go back and view these films again. I withheld a fifth star because the author has a tendency to list names ad nauseam which slows down the story. The reader has an excellent Italian accent when saying names or sentences in Italian.
Sometimes you discover a book that you realize was written just for you. No one in my family or among my friends would like this book, but I loved it. I have always been obsessed with post-war Italian cinema... the greats like La Dolce Vita and Bicycle Thief, to name a few. This book has made these movies much richer to me because now I know the whole backstory to what was going on in Italy during the war and after. It's really a very fascinating story of how Italy got its groove back after the war. Not only is this book about the film industry there, but it discusses a lot about the advent of popular Italian fashion... everything from the creation of ski clothes to some of the major fashion houses. It's kind of crazy to see it starting just as regular people modeling clothes in their homes to rich American investors. I really found this book just fascinating and it has made La Dolce Vita and other of my favorite films so much richer. Thanks.