This photo, by the most
infamous early paparazzi
photographer, Marcello Geppetti,
was shot in Spoleto between
takes for Louis Malle's film, La
Vie Privée. Geppetti liked to
incorporate admiring fans in his
photos of stars, utilising the
paparazzi aesthetic of low-angle
shots. His celebrity subjects were
wide-ranging and included
celebrated photographs of the
Beatles visit to Rome in 1965.
Here Bardot seems larger than
life, which can be regarded as a
literal reenactment of her
symbolic elevated status. To
further the photo's voyeurism,
Bardot avoids contact with the
camera. Her body faces us but
her eyes are averted.
The movie follows the life of
fictional diva and sex icon ‘Jill’
who due to the pressures of fame
and a troubled personal life meets
a tragic end. Often overlapping
with biographical details of her
own life, the film blurs the lines
between reality and fiction.
Referring to Bardot’s own
relationship with the persistent
press, the film paints the picture
of an ever-growing army of
paparazzi willing to cross any line
for a shot. La Vie Privée was met
with critical success and public
debate grew around the issue of
right to privacy, an issue that is
still at the forefront today.
According to Malle, filming was
difficult from the start, Bardot
and her co-star Marcello
Mastroianni didn’t get on and
there was a great deal of press
intrusion and studio interference.
Malle was unhappy with the film
and frustrated by the experience
of making it apart from the last
section shot in Spoleto that he
felt had a lyrical quality that
transcended the material.
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Bardot, larger than life in Spoleto
Vintage Gelatin Silver Print
24 x 18 cms (9.43 x 7.07 ins)
Stamped on reverse: COPYRIGHT BY MARCELLO GEPPETTI FOTOREPORTER
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