In the '50s, American moviegoers swooned at their first glimpses of the Eternal City in "Roman Holiday" and "Three Coins in the Fountain." But no movie caught the changing spirit of Rome better than Federico Fellini's 1960 phantasmagoria. From the first images of a religious statue carried by helicopter over St. Peter's Square, the film sweeps us into the secularized, decadent city that epitomized the Swinging '60s. The film surveyed Eurotrash cruising down the Via Veneto and even added a word to our lexicon, when it introduced the celebrity-stalking photographer named Paparazzo. Viewers watching Fellini's hedonistic epic probably wanted to dive into the Trevi Fountain along with Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni.
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