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Mastroianni via Ebert

By July 14, 2008 No Comments

Roger Ebert repeats an anecdote told him by Marcello Mastroianni about filming the famous Trevi Fountain splashabout in La Dolce Vita:

The water, it was-a very cold,” He said. “Fellini, he shoots again and again. Finally, the time for the close shot of my fingers reaching to touch-a her cheek. I am always smoking, smoking, smoking. My fingers, the nicotine!”

He held them up to illustrate.

Anita’s skin is alabaster white. Fellini, he looks-a my fingers against her skin, and shouts, Marcello! When-a you gonna learn the right way to wipe-a your ass?

Made me laugh anyway.