Leoni al sole (1961)

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 … Continue reading Leoni al sole (1961)

On the Set of “Call Me by Your Name”

I haven’t watched Call Me by Your Name by Luca Guadagnino yet, but I’ve kept the best picture from the set for last. The author is – again – Giulio Ghirardi, who gave us the perfect shot of a dressing table, covered with some fabric from the Middle East. Among the several perfume bottles, I’ve spotted Christian Dior Eau Sauvage, a 1966 creation by Edmond Roudnitska. … Continue reading On the Set of “Call Me by Your Name”

Monica Vitti’s Dressing Table

This beautiful picture of Monica Vitti was taken by photographer Rodrigo Pais on August 1st, 1961 in Rome: the Italian actress was on the set of Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’eclisse. My attention was caught by the square glass bottle sitting on the left of her dressing table. It’s an Atkinsons cologne, very popular in Italy. I’m not sure if it’s English Lavender or Gold Medal, though.   I’ve … Continue reading Monica Vitti’s Dressing Table