Lecture: The Real Dolce Vita

Roman Holiday, 1953, Chromogenic print, Courtesy of Paramount Pictures;
Roman Holiday, 1953, Chromogenic print, Courtesy of Paramount Pictures;


In the decades after World War II, Italy rose from the ruins of war to host a vibrant economy, fill the world with new trends in film and fashion, and stage a mélange of culture, style, sensation, and journalism that provided the template for contemporary popular culture. Portland author and critic Shawn Levy, currently engaged in researching a book on the era, will talk about the remarkable moment when Rome was, once again, the capital of the world and, even more, the pulsing, swank, scandalous, and freewheeling laboratory of modernity.

Members free; non-members $20, seniors and students $17. Advance tickets available online.


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