The Dark Side of
La Dolce Vita
"Little light, little shade... strong light, strong shade" says an old Tuscan proverb, which is perfectly suited to the Swinging Sixties in Italy. A growing flow of money, bearing a conception of carefree and bon-vivant life, generated a surge of social vices, chiefly gambling which created inevitable financial troubles in favor of gangsters and gamblers who ran illegal businesses. The night became the real protagonist in everybody's life, with beautiful women and champagne glasses to animate the nightclubs until dawn. In the midst of this turmoil, a young and talented painter, with brave and cunning opportunism, reached a remarkable double success, both economically and artistically.