A song for the late Anita Ekbergmain
This is the torch song from La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini, written by Nino Rota in tribute to the heart-stopping beauty of Anita Ekberg, who died today, aged 83. It is sung by Katyna Ranieri, the first Italian singer ever to perform at the Oscars.
As I think about Anita Ekberg the song I prefer is one from Bob Dylan:
“My telephone rang it would not stop,
It’s President Kennedy callin’ me up.
He said, ‘My friend, Bob, what do we need to make the country grow?’
I said, ‘My friend, John, Brigitte Bardot…Anita Ekberg…Sophia Loren…
Country ‘ll grow'”