Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Eternal City

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Last week, I finally had the chance to see Valentino: The Last Emperor. I had been wanting to watch it for a good while, so I was happy to see that it was available to watch instantly on Netflix. I thought it was touching, poignant, and funny. It was fascinating to see the ins and outs of Valentino’s empire and to learn that every one of his garments has always been made by hand. The beauty and craftsmanship of each garment is truly incredible. His relationship with Giancarlo Giametti, which has spanned four decades was just as interesting. Their dynamic is both hilarious and touching.

A great deal of the film takes place in Rome, which I had the great fortune of visiting three Christmases ago. Since watching the Valentino documentary, I have had the Eternal City on my mind and have been longing to go back and experience la dolce vita yet again. Rome is a city filled with history and wonder. Beauty can be found in almost every corner, even the dusty ones. A couple of days after watching the film, I came across Francesco Lagnese’s absolutely stunning portfolio and was elated to see that he had several gorgeous images taken in Rome. Brilliant!

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If you haven’t seen Valentino: The Last Emperor, I am sure this trailer will make you want to see it immediately!

10 comments:

corksandcaftans said...

I can't wait to see this! The closing line: "You look a little too tan" made me burst out laughing at my desk. :)

eve said...

I love Rome, been there couple of years ago. Actually, I've been to Italy so many times I've lost count and I always love coming back. Lucky for me, the Italian border is just a few hours drive. Lovely photos :) My favorite place in Rome is Piazza di Spagna, just love it there!

Jaime said...

Gorgeous photos! I am dying to see that movie...and The Sept Issue! I need to do a fashion movie marathon :)

Vino Blog said...

Amazing photos indeed. I so want to take a trip to Italy and see all the glorious art and historical monuments. Not to mention the amazing food and wine. Cheers!

Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

Paloma you are giving me the travel bug bad!! Good thing I am off to Cabo next week!

Simply Mel said...

I'm adding to Netflix now!

Laura said...

I love in the Valentino trailer when he says tell me the truth..OK your a little too tan! Fab! Love your blog sweetie. Come stop by for a slice of San Francisco...

Erin said...

I lived in Florence, Italy [and visited Rome quite a bit] two summers ago, and I too am trying to live by La Dolce Vita. There's really nothing like it anywhere else in the world, is there? Now I want to go back!

jen laceda said...

Thanks for letting us know about this film. I didn't know about it...but now I can't wait to see it!

I've never been to Rome in the winter (always spring or summer). How is the Eternal City this season? Rainy? Warm?

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Jen, the weather was really nice. I remember it being in the 60s during the daytime which was perfect weather for sightseeing. Florence on the other hand was freezing and super windy!