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This portrait of Sophia Loren by veteran photographer Pierluigi captures the intensity of a dramatic moment on set. Loren rose to fame as a comedic actress whose curvaceous figure made her a sex symbol embodying the ideal of Italian femininity. However Loren’s acting abilities and timeless elegance soon sealed her position as an Italian icon, unmatched by any other. In 1960, Loren became the first Italian woman to win an Oscar for her performance in La Ciocciara, directed by Vittorio De Sica. Pierluigi Praturlon, (‘Pierluigi’) was one of the most well-known of the original paparazzi and a regular fixture on the Cinecitta film sets. In the past, on-set photographers had contented themselves with posed portraits of stars between takes, but Pierluigi brought a fresh vitality to this genre by employing reportage-style photography on set. He often framed his images very close, emphasizing the drama of the moment. Pierluigi was a very cultured man and also spoke five languages. He quickly became personal photographer to many of the greatest stars of the day, including Sophia Loren. Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, Elsa Martinelli and Marlon Brando are also among the stars who chose to be immortalized by the celebrated photographer. Pierluigi soon gained the nickname ‘Lux’ because like the advertisement for the soap claimed, he was ‘the choice of nine stars out of ten.’

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Pierluigi Praturlon

Sophia Loren, a portrait

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

30 x 22 cms (11.79 x 8.65 ins)

c.1960



(stamp)
PONTI CARLO
LOREN SOPHIA

(stamp)
COPYRIGHT
"PIERLUIGI"
fotonotizie d'attualità per la stampa
Rome tungotevere dei Mellini, 17-Tel UFF 386.258
Case 356.8444

Inscribed on the reverse:

'dans les films non identifies'

 

£950