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Nothing can sour la dolce vita of those who live in the Eternal City

Published 19/04/2014 | 02:30

Actors Marcello Mastroianni (L) and Anita Ekberg perform a scene in the epic film
Actors Marcello Mastroianni (L) and Anita Ekberg perform a scene in the epic film "La Dolce Vita" by director Federico Fellini at Cinecitta Studios in Rome in 1959.

I first went to Rome in the 1960s, and throughout that decade, and the next, I returned on various reporting assignments.

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Street revolution was rife in Paris, and then continued in Rome. Italian students and Marxist radicals favoured Maoism as their revolutionary brand – spiced with the influence of the Italian Communist, Gramsci (who was an interesting thinker).

Everywhere in Rome, it seemed, then, the walls were daubed with the revolutionary slogan: "LA LOTTA CONTINUA!" The Fight Goes On!

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