In the post-war period, dozens of spectacular American film productions were based at the Cinecitta complex built by Mussolini on the outskirts of Rome. Hollywood companies were drawn to the Eternal City by the low cost of Italian labour and the high quality of their craftsmanship, the skill of the technicians and costume-makers and the genius of the sculptors and set decorators. The story of the Italian capital's cinema scene is told in Dolce Vita Confidential By Shawn Levy.(bottom left)
How an American It-girl inherited a fortune, lost a husband, ached for a Yorkshire cattle breeder - and still found time to create a wild artists' utopia in sleepy Devon: Heiress with a desire to be ravished
Dorothy Whitney (above right) was born in 1887 into a family of American industrial aristocrats. The wealth from oil, railways, meat-packing and steel mills paid for the frolics of a Gilded Age society to rival passages in The Great Gatsby. There were spectacular balls, boxes at the Metropolitan Opera, shopping sprees to Paris, and dancing at parties where Cole Porter played the piano. Dorothy grew up in Manhattan mansions and palaces in Newport, Rhode Island, 'trimmed with vine-covered pergolas casting filigree shades'. She was, however, no flibbertigibbet.