September 18, 2021

MSC Divina Chronicles 1950’s Hollywood

1960, Rome. Photographers crowd around Gina Lollobrigida, at the opening of the film Ben Hur.


A famous face turns and smiles broadly. A camera clicks. A bulb flashes. A moment in time is preserved forever. This ritual occurred countless times in 1950’s Italy, where the paparazzi, who would not be so named until Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita in 1960, chronicled every celebrity arrival, departure, shopping spree and stolen private moment.

Eighty-four pictures, almost all previously unpublished, were selected from the Archivio Storico Luce photographic records to create the fascinating exhibition “La Dolce Vita. 1950-1960. Stars and Celebrities in the Italian Fifties.” These pictures rebuild an era that shaped Italy’s reputation around the world, paying homage to international celebrities and to the charm and beauty of 1950’s Italy.

Exhibited for the first time in Rome in 2010 at the Museo dei Fori Imperiali, curated by Marco Panella and promoted by Cinecittà-Luce and Artix, “La Dolce Vita. 1950-1960. Stars and Celebrities in the Italian Fifties,” is now on display on board MSC Divina.

Starting with her inaugural sailing from Miami on November 20, 2013 through the end of her year-long Caribbean season, international travelers have the opportunity to discover these pictures throughout their cruise, as the exhibition is spread over several public areas across the ship. MSC’s Divina is a 139,000 ton ship launched in 2012 and holds about 3500 passengers. It currently homeports out of Miami on East and Western seven and 14 night cruises.

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