‘The Girl in the Fountain’ Director Antongiulio Panizzi Looks at Anita Ekberg Through Monica Bellucci’s Eyes

Anita Ekberg, the Swedish star immortalized in Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” where her character decides to walk into the Trevi Fountain to the delight, and terror, of Marcello Mastroianni, has a “complicated” story, Italian director Antongiulio Panizzi tells Variety.In “The Girl in the Fountain,” produced by Dugong Films and Eagle Pictures, and presented at the Torino Film Festival alongside Panizzi’s documentary “Piano Lessons: The Life and Art of German Diez Nieto,” he implies that the iconic scene turned out to be a burden for the actor, who got to experience what Rita Hayworth meant when she said that “they go to bed with Gilda; they wake up with me.”“Anita was actually very famous already before ‘La Dolce Vita.’ Then, she turned into this image that Fellini created for her.

Even when she was older, she would always play these very sexualized women, like in ‘The Killer Nun

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