June 7, 2015

Grottaminarda, Italy. October, 1984

When I visited my friend Nick's relatives in their town outside Avellino, I was happy to see that a little bit of American culture had eeked its way between Pasquale's barbershop and the death notices there at the bottom. Star 80: Bob Fosse's film about Playboy bunny Dorothy Stratten's affair with director Peter Bogdanovitch and subsequent murder by her manipulative and sleazy husband played by Eric Roberts. I saw it stateside and never bought Mariel Hemingway as a bunny. (When I returned to Grottaminarda with Nick in 1988, the film that was showing was David Mamet's House of Games. A step up?)

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