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In the back streets of Old Rome, near the famous Bernini monument, The Fountain of the Four Rivers, La Dolce Vita turns from sweet…to sour. A naïve American tourist gets involved with poets, the Mafia, an opera singer, a movie star, and a film being shot at Cinecittà.
In the grand tradition of Mark Twain, Norman B. Schwartz recounts the comic misadventures of an innocent abroad—neither an Ugly American nor a Quiet one—but someone young who soon learns that within the Eternal City one cannot stay that innocent for long.
In the late 1950s NORMAN B. SCHWARTZ was working as an assistant film editor at Columbia Pictures in Hollywood when he heard that the studio was making a series of films in co-production in Rome. He left the states on his own and headed to Italia, where as his buona fortuna would have it, he found work and stayed for ten years.