Claudia Cardinale was born in 1938 in Tunis, Tunisia. As soon as she moved to Italy she became one of the most celebrated Italian actresses reaching an international fame. Throughout the 1960s, she appeared in some of the most acclaimed Italian and European films of the period such as Il Gattopardo by Visconti, 8 ½ by Fellini and Once upon a time in the West by Leone. Alberto Moravia, a key figure within the Twentieth Century Italian cultural scene, was soon intrigued by this new sexy icon and in 1962 decided to write a text on her under the form of a dialogue, published in the same year by Esquire.
The dialogue (almost an interview) is a maniacal, description of every detail of Claudia Cardinale body, from the tip of her hair to the bottom of her heel. Photology re-published in 2003 the original text, packaged in a limited edition under the title Claudia Cardinale Alberto Moravia. Dialogo e Fotografie (book available for sale), enriched by photo-portraits by Chiara Samugheo, Tazio Secchiaroli, Pierluigi Praturlon, Federico Garolla and her sister Blanche. Every silver book-case can be used as a self-standing frame and each book is hand-signed and numbered by Claudia Cardinale. Initially the book was launched throughout Italy by a series of presentations and shows (Milano, Florence, Bologna) (exhibition still available) with the special participation of Claudia Cardinale in person.