When the gossip columnist Victor Ciuffa emerged blinking from a private viewing of La Dolce Vita in Rome in February 1960, he had one thought in his mind: the film he had just watched amounted to his life played out on the screen.
Federico Fellini's classic depiction of decadent American starlets and persistent photographers changed cinema forever. Now the journalist who chronicled 1950s life on Rome's glitzy Via Veneto and briefed Fellini for his film has decided to give his own definitive account of the era. As far as Ciuffa, now 77, is concerned, 50 years later he is setting the record straight, by writing La Dolce Vita, Minute by Minute.
"The real Dolce Vita started in Rome years before the cafés opened on