Paparazzo - Franco Pinna



Paparazzo - Franco Pinna

How did an Italian press photo from the 1950s become the icon of the "paparazzi" gesture? The image that became famous has now entered the collections of the Nicéphore Nièpce Museum of Photography in Chalon-sur-Saône. This documentary traces the history of this photograph by Franco Pinna, taken in Rome in June 1952 during an anti-American demonstration. It depicts a demonstrator under arrest under the eye of two reporters perched on a Lambretta, also photographing the scene. A mise en abyme that shows what the objects of the photographic snapshot dear to the paparazzi will be: the Lambretta, the Rolleiflex and the flash. The photo shows the man whom the history of photography considers to be the first real paparazzi: Tazio Secchiaroli, the most feared celebrity hunter on Via Veneto. Tazio Secchiaroli's destiny changed when he met Federico Fellini who came to Rome to prepare his film "Dolce Vita". The photographer told Fellini about his most beautiful exploits and the filmmaker put them on stage in his film. It was in this film that the term paparazzi was born.

Duration : 26 mins

Producer : Eclectic Production

Production year : 2011

Production country : France