Countess Marina Cicogna is an Italian movie producer and the granddaughter of Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata, who established the first Libyan film festival in 1932. Follow the grandfather’s steps, she also founded a film festival; the Venice Film Festival.
Countess Marina grew up surrounded by stars and, in 1967, became a film producer with Indagine su un cittadino aldi sopra di ogni sospetto and La classe operaia va in paradiso. The success of these two films marked the beginning of a long list of productions including Medea, C’era una volta il West (Sergio Leoni) and Una stagione in inferno.
Before producing movies, Marina used to hanging out with society, artists, movie stars, writer and directors. Some friends encouraged Cicogna to gather her photographs and have a small show at a Paris gallery, but it was Karl Lagerfeld, who had seen these pictures in Paris, that further encouraged Marina to compile her treasure trove in a book, Scritti e Scatti. “I wanted to find, through the photographs I had taken, the faces, the attitudes, landscapes that don’t exist anymore, tokens of a time when all that is extraordinary seemed to us normal and everylasting,” writes Cicogna in the preface to the book.
Enjoy Countess Marina Cicogna style, it’s something to be inspired from!
And some of her photos.