Dolce Claudia
Ode to the Starlet

France, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

© Graziano Arici

In 1958 in Rome, in a modest, sunny apartment, Claudia Cardinale, barely 20, poses for a paparazzi. It’s the heyday of la dolce vita, roman-photos, and young actresses falling for their Pygmalions, their directors. Claudia looks radiant, playful and deeply human before she became the star we know. Published now for the first time, these photographs, taken from the archives of Graziano Arici, sweep the viewer up in a whirlwind of joy where we see her freshness, spontaneity, sensuality and talent. At the time, Claudia had just arrived in Italy after winning the title of the most beautiful Italian of Tunis. The philosopher Frédéric Schiffter wrote an ode to the starlets in which he discusses their audacity and his personal passion for starlets.

Photographs by Graziano Arici
Cahiers d’images / Contrejour
Format : 15 x 21 cm

80 pages, broché
12 €