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Rome's "Rugantino" Night

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The discussed strip-tease performed by Aichè Nanà in the Rugantino restaurant in Rome ancient quarter Trastevere (that is, beyond the Tiber).
Rugantino is a character of the Roman theatre, a boaster but good fellow, introduced in the late 18th Century. His name comes from the Roman word ruganza, arrogance (in Italian, arroganza).
Countess Olghina di Robilant with friend Peter Howard Vanderbilt in front of the Rugantino restaurant.
The party was organised by Peter Howard Vanderbilt for the Countess' birthday.
Anita Ekberg and Aichè Nanà (on the right).
According to Countess Olghina di Robilant, Anita Ekberg, Aichè Nanà and photographers were not invited to the party.
Anita Ekberg with other guests in the Rugantino restaurant. On the right, standing, movie star and fashion model Elsa Martinelli.
Countess Olghina di Robilant playing guitar with crooner Armandino and his band.
Anita Ekberg dances, still wearing her shoes.
Above and in the following pictures: Anita Ekberg dancing barefoot.
Anita Ekberg offers her hand to the photographers.
Aichè Nanà with other guests in the Rugantino restaurant.
Anita Ekberg with other guests in the Rugantino restaurant.
Above and below: Aichè Nanà dancing in front of Anita Ekberg.
Aichè Nanà moving to the centre of the restaurant room.
Aichè Nanà dancing in the centre of the restaurant room.
Aichè Nanà begins her strip-tease.
Aichè Nanà takes off her dress.
Above and in the following pictures: Aichè Nanà dancing topless.
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On 5th November 1958, Anita Ekberg and Turkish belly dancer Aichè Nanà animated the night in the course of a private party in the Rugantino restaurant in Rome.
The Rugantino night was one of the Rome night life events that inspired Federico Fellini's drama La Dolce Vita (1960).

All the photos by Italian celebrity photographers Tazio Secchiaroli and Angelo Frontoni.


Tazio Secchiaroli (photo by Gina Lollobrigida).

The different facts involving and reported by Tazio Secchiaroli inspired the character Paparazzo (played by movie actor Walter Santesso) in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita.


Tazio Secchiaroli in the course of a party.


Tazio Secchiaroli, driving a Lambretta scooter, with celebrity photographer Luciano Mellace in Rome in 1952.


Photo by Tazio Secchiaroli featuring celebrity photographers Enrico Sarsini and Carlo Bavagnoli chasing Ava Gardner on her car (left) in Rome in 1958.


Above and below: the fight between revue and comedy star (and Ava Gardner's lover) Walter Chiari and Tazio Secchiaroli in Via Veneto in Rome in 1958 (photos by Elio Sorci).




Late 1950s photo by Tazio Secchiaroli featuring painter Novella Parigini (left), actor Giò Stajano and a model in the Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of No Good Boat) in Piazza di Spagna (Spain Square) in Rome.


Tazio Secchiaroli (right) with press agent Enrico Lucherini in Via Veneto in Rome in 1958.





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