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The paparazzi and Ennio Flaiano

The neologism "paparazzo" became famous thanks to Federico Fellini's film "La dolce vita". In the film, Paparazzo was the surname of a young photojournalist, perennially looking for scoops on the streets and in Roman venues.

On the origin of the name, which immediately became popular to identify precisely photographers at the service of the worldly and scandalistic chronicles, various versions circulated. It seems that Fellini himself enjoyed telling her each time in a different way. According to some versions, Fellini was inspired by the name of a hotel porter, Corialano Paparazzo, a character in a book by George Gissing who was reading at the time. Others attribute the authorship of the word Paparazzo to the writer Abruzzese Ennio Flaiano, screenwriter of the film, which, describing the photographers, compared the lens of the camera to the opening and closing of the valves of the "paparazzi", big mussels so called in Abruzzo dialect, and, by extension, the character behind the camera was also called in this way.

A great screenwriter, writer, journalist, humorist, film critic and playwright, Ennio Flaiano was born in Pescara on march 5, 1910 and died suddenly in Rome on November 20, 1972. In his hometown, the Flaiano Cultural Association is active, founded by Edoardo Tiboni, and every year it remembers him with various initiatives and in particular with the assignment of the Flaiano International Prizes of literature, cinema, theater and television.


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