The character of Paparazzo, the news photographer (played by Walter Santesso) who works with Marcello, is the origin of the word paparazzi used in many languages to describe intrusive photographers.[32]The character of 'Paparazzo' is inspired by photojournalists Tazio Secchiaroli and Marcello Geppetti.[33]. As to the origin of the character's name itself, Fellini scholar Peter Bondanella argues that although "it is indeed an Italian family name, the word is probably a corruption of the word papataceo, a large and bothersome mosquito. Ennio Flaiano, the film's co-screenwriter and creator of Paparazzo, reports that he took the name from a character in a novel by George Gissing."[34] Gissing's character, Signor Paparazzo, is found in his travel book, By the Ionian Sea (1901).[6]
- dave 8-01-2011 4:24 am

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