There’s a quintessentially Italian beauty product on the vanity in Giulia’s bedroom: it’s Acqua distillata alle rose by Roberts, a classic rose water that’s available everywhere in Italy.
But there’s another item that has captured my attention: a Guerlain flacon montre.
The teal disk tells us it’s Mitsouko. Not your ordinary summer scent, but it’s not surprising: Giulia (Franca Valeri) is a chic/snobbish character, so summer can’t stop her from wearing impeccable outfits and French perfumes. I like the touch given by the prop master (a yellow pump) to customize the bottle.
Franca Valeri is one of the most popular and talented Italian actresses. I’ve always loved her irony, her poised glamour and nonconformity. Imagine my delight when I found this clip from a 1963 tv documentary: the camera goes along the famous via Montenapoleone in Milan, and Franca (born in Milan) comments. The windows of a perfume shop are filmed, showing an array of Guerlain and Rochas perfumes.
Flacons montres and bouchon coeur flacons with their parquet boxes can be seen.
There are two Shiseido products on the dressing table of the Italian actress, both from the Benefiance line – the creamy cleansing emulsion and the enriched balancing softener. You can also see a round tin box of Santa Maria Novella pasticche.
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