Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Timeless Glamour: Bulgari on Film

The VIPs  Photofest
The VIPs © Photofest
Bulgari bejewelled film divas Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida light up the silver screen in a spotlight film program at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to coincide with Bulgari's exhibition Between History and Eternity: 1884-2009.

With Timeless Glamour: Bulgari on Film, ACMI Film Programmers Roberta Ciabarra and Kristy Matheson have assembled a program that pays tribute to Bulgari and its association with the glamour of cinema and its on-screen icons.

"Movie stars of Hollywood and Cinecitta, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, were models of elegance, beauty and style and never more so than when they appeared in lavish, big screen productions in which they sported luxury jewels by Bulgari; the ultimate product placement fantasy!" says curator Roberta Ciabarra.

To introduce Bulgari on Film, renowned author and jewellery historian Amanda Triossi will present a free illustrated lecture at ACMI, outlining the Bulgari's history and its association with the stars of the silver screen. Triossi will explore Bulgari's association with the international film industry, which dates back to the 1950s when stars were frequently seen wearing Bulgari jewels both on and off the set. Elizabeth Taylor is known to have quipped that Bulgari was one of the great perks of filming Cleopatra in Rome. Triossi will also outline her curatorial work in mounting the first major retrospective exhibition dedicated to Bulgari, which was held in Rome in 2009 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the first Bulgari store in Rome and featured over 500 jewels.

Bulgari jewels have graced many a fabulous screen diva over the decades. The first film screening in ACMI's season, Come September (1961), stars the ravishing Gina Lollobrigida - resplendent in Bulgari jewels - and Rock Hudson as a millionaire tycoon in a breezy romantic romp set on the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast. Robert L. Talbot (Hudson) is attempting to woo his voluptuous house guest Lisa Helena Fellini (Lollobrigida) but his plans are thrown into disarray when his villa is unexpectedly overrun with American teens and their chaperone. It's the champagne crowd versus the campus set with the Italian Riviera as the battleground. Lollobrigida also won a Golden Globe for 'World Film Favourite' for her role in Come September.

Elizabeth Taylor - sporting some seriously dazzling bling by Bulgari - and Richard Taylor co-star in Anthony Asquith's gripping romantic melodrama The VIPs (1963). In the film, a group of First Class passengers are delayed in the VIP Lounge of a fog-bound Heathrow Airport awaiting the departure of a flight to New York. It features a stellar international cast including Richard Burton (fresh from the set of Cleopatra, who famously said of his wife-to-be "the only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is Bulgari"), Louis Jourdan, Maggie Smith, Rod Taylor, Orson Welles and Margaret Rutherford in her Oscar-winning Best Supporting Actress role as the dotty and marvellously ingenious Duchess of Brighton. The VIPs was praised by the New York Times as "a lively, engrossing, romantic film. Suspenseful, amusing stuff."

With Prêt-à-Porter (1994) director Robert Altman assembles a dizzying ensemble of actors, stars and celebrities in an elaborately woven black comedy set against the hustle and bustle that is Paris Fashion Week. Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni reunite on screen to playfully recreate their famous striptease from Vittorio De Sica's 1963 comedy Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. Loren sports some rather fetching Bulgari jewels too. Julia Roberts, Tim Robbins, Kim Basinger and Tracey Ullman co-star, with cameos from a who's who of well known fashion faces including Anouk Aimee, Lauren Bacall, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix and Paolo Bulgari himself.

Timeless Glamour: Bulgari on Film runs from Tuesday 13 April to Sunday 18 April at ACMI.

Visit http://www.acmi.net.au/ for more information on the season.

Further information

Samatha Chater
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2475 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 655
[email] Samantha.Chater@acmi.net.au
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