MARCELLO MASTROIANNI (1924-1996): Imperfect, Irresistable


He died in Paris, attended by his longtime love Catherine Deneuve and their daughter Chiara. But Marcello Mastroianni's compatriots would not let the actor known as "the face of Italy" pass into memory without a poetic farewell. So just after sunset on the day he succumbed, at 72, to pancreatic cancer, his wife Flora stood with the mayor of Rome and 500 other mourners at the Trevi Fountain, into whose waters Anita Ekberg had lured Mastroianni in the famous scene from Federico Fellini's 1960 La Dolce Vita. Now the lights faded, the water from the Neptune statue stopped, a lone flutist...

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