20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

A wonderful selection of pictures taken by one of the first Italian paparazzi, and later by the star photographer Tazio Secchiaroli. These shots remind of the time when Italian cinema was at the peak of success, and Italian actresses were considered the most beautiful in the world.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Tazio Secchiaroli (1925 - 1998) was an Italian photographer, known as one of the first paparazzi. In 1955, he founded the Roma Press Photo agency. Secchiaroli was the inspiration for the paparazzi character in Fellini's film La Dolce Vita. Most of Fellini's research into the profession of a tabloid journalist was simply to buy lunch for Secchiaroli and his friends and listen to their exploits.

Ironically, by the time the term "paparazzi" appeared, Secchiaroli had become more of an insider in the Italian film industry and had left behind paparazzi-style photographs. He became known for his informal candid portraits of movie stars both in the studio and at their homes.

Here are some of the movie stars he photographed at the peak of his career in the 1960s and 1970s.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Claudia Cardinale, 1961.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Vittorio De Sica on the set of the film "Marriage in Italian", Chinecitta, 1964.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Elsa Martinelli on the set of the film "The Tenth Victim", 1965.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Federico Fellini on the set of the film "8 and a half", 1963.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Fellini on the set of the film "Amarcord", 1974.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Sophia Loren in between takes on the set of the film "Arabesque", 1966.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Sophia Loren in a frame from the movie "The Priest's Wife", 1970.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Sophia Loren tries on a wig.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Sophia Loren during a break during the filming of the film "Once upon a time..." (C'era una volta), 1967

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Sophia Loren during a break during the filming of the film "White, Red and ...", 1972.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Silvana Mangano with three children on the set of the film "The Last Judgment", 1961.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Silvana Mangano, 1961.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Marco Ferreri on the set of the film "Casanova 70", 1965.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Marcello Mastroianni on the set of the film "Casanova 70", 1965

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Marcello Mastroianni on the set of the film "8 and a half", 1963.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Marcello Mastroianni and Marisa Mell in the film "Casanova 70", 1965

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Pier Paolo Pasolini on the set of Accatone, 1961.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Virna Lizi in the film "Casanova 70", 1965.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Virna Lizi on the set of the film "Casanova 70", 1965.

20 stunning black and white photos of Italian screen stars of the 60s and 70s

Fellini jumps on the set of the movie "8 and a half", 1963.

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