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La stanza del vescovo (1977)

There are several bottles on the vanity in Charlotte’s bedroom, among which two Hermès perfumes.

One is on the left of the wooden table watch: it’s Equipage, the first masculine perfume released by the French fashion house. Created by Guy Robert, it was launched in 1970.

The other is on the right side of the dresser: it’s Calèche, another creation by Robert, launched in 1961.

If you’ve seen the film, or read the Piero Chiara novel of the same title, you’ll know there’s a problem with both of these perfumes: the story is set in the Lago Maggiore area in 1946, so the Hermès perfumes (launched decades later) are historically inaccurate. I understand why the prop masters chose them, though: they were popular when the film was made and their bottles are beautiful.

borotalco_vintagetinOn the vanity there’s also a tin can of Borotalco Roberts talcum powder.

Pane, amore e… (1955)

When Comandante Carotenuto (Vittorio De Sica) first meets Donna Sofia “‘a Smargiassa” (Sofia Loren), he comments on her perfume. “What a wonderful perfume! Notti d’oriente?”, he muses. “No, no. Lavanda Cannavale,” she replies.

There’s a contrast between the two fragrances: Notti d’oriente is a fictional perfume, a synonym for respectability, despite its exotic and seductive name; on the other hand, Lavanda Cannavale is a real perfume which stands for something common, not refined. Later in the story, Carotenuto will ask Donna Violante (Lea Padovani) the same question; it will come out that she is the one wearing Notti d’oriente.

Thanks to my friend Rocco for this id.