Roman Holiday: The Secret Life of Hollywood in Rome @ Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh, Edinburgh [13 March]

Roman Holiday: The Secret Life of Hollywood in Rome

18:30 - 20:00

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Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh
53 - 62 South Bridge, EH1 1YS Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Rome in the 1950s: Following the darkness of fascism and Nazi occupation during the Second World War, the city is reinvigorated. The street cafés and nightclubs are filled with movie stars and film directors as Hollywood productions flock to the city to film at Cinecittà Studios. Fiats and Vespas throng the streets, and the newly christened paparazzi mingle with tourists enjoying la dolce vita. It is a time of beauty, glamour – and more than a little scandal.

Caroline Young explores the city in its golden age, as the emergence of celebrity journalism gave rise to a new kind of megastar. They are the ultimate film icons: Ava Gardner, Anna Magnani, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman and Elizabeth Taylor. Set against the backdrop of the stunning Italian capital, the story follows their lives and loves on and off the camera, and the great, now legendary, films that marked their journeys. From the dark days of the Second World War through to the hedonistic hippies in the late 1960s, this evocative narrative captures the essence of Rome – its beauty, its tragedy and its creativity – through the lives of those who helped to recreate it.

About the Author

Caroline Young is a writer and author specialising in fashion and film history. As well as co-authoring Tartan and Tweed, she is the author of Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures and Classic Hollywood Style, all published by Frances Lincoln. She is also the author of Hitchcock’s Heroines, by Palazzo Editions, and the upcoming Roman Holiday, to be published by The History Press.

Originally from Edinburgh, where she still lives, she took a Masters in Journalism in Brisbane, Australia after studying English and film and TV studies at Glasgow University. She worked as a fashion writer and assistant digital editor at Herald Scotland, gaining a great insight in the Scottish fashion industry and the history of fashion. She also has a strong interest in the golden age of Hollywood, and has extensively researched at archives in Los Angeles for her books on film history and costume.
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