Colorado Day 5: Aspen Celeb Watch! (or my new career as paparazzo)

paparazzo (1961), the name of the character Paparazzo, a society photographer in F. Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita (1960).

The selection of the name Paparazzo (which occurs as a surname in Italy) for the character in Fellini’s film has been variously explained. According to Fellini himself, the name was taken from an opera libretto; the comment is also attributed to him that the word “suggests a buzzing insect, hovering, darting, stinging”. It is also used as the name of a character by G. Gissing in By the Ionian Sea (1909), which appeared in Italian translation in 1957 and has been cited as an inspiration by E. Flaiano, who contributed to the film’s scenario. (For further possible expressive connotations of the name, it has also been noted that in the Italian dialect of Abruzzi, where Flaiano came from, paparazzo occurs as a word for a clam, which could be taken as suggesting a metaphor for the opening and closing of a camera lens; the Italian suffix -azzo).

Oxford English Dictionary, online edition

Sommelier Carlos “Charlie” Arturaola and celeb Chef José Andrés at the “must be seen at” Wines of Spain party.

Chef Andrés made a pork sausage paella for the overflowing crowd at the party, held this year in a private home (chef Andrés was assisted by chef Terri Cutrino).

Culinary legend Jacques Pepin looked fabulous as always at the Food & Wine Classic welcome party. How do the French do it?

Celeb Chef Tom Colicchio kept a lid on it as he did an interview.

Importer Bartholomew Broadbent and tele producer Josie Peltz (the better half of celeb sommelier and wine writer David Lynch).

American Express head honcho Ed Kelly and my buddy Ray Isle, Deputy Wine Editor at Food & Wine, on the other side of the velvet rope.

Restaurateur and wine world star Brian Duncan and winemaker Danilo Drocco lunched in town yesterday.

Life isn’t treating this paparazzo so bad: I drank a 1990 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande at a private dinner last night.

4 thoughts on “Colorado Day 5: Aspen Celeb Watch! (or my new career as paparazzo)

  1. JP, Fellini was a well-known liar when he gave interviews. Another explanation that he gave, a more fitting one IMO, is that Paparazzo suggested the sound of ducks as they clustered around their targets and quacked their requests/demands and clicked their shutters. I have to say the name doesn’t, to me, suggest anything at all of buzzing insects.

    Glad you’re mixing and schmoozing. I’m suffering mightily over here in Italy. You know how I detest the place, its people, its food, its language, its wine, and everything else. Such a penance!


  2. THC, every reference I’ve seen in Italy points to the Gissing novel as the origin. I don’t have my Cortelazzo (etymologic dictionary) handy but I’ll do some snooping around when I get back to La La Jolla land.

    E mi raccomando, non lavorare troppo mentre sei in Italia…

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