Thursday, August 21, 2008

Un cervo dolce

I happened to catch this mule deer enjoying brunch at the MK Nature Center last weekend. It didn’t seem to mind as I snapped a few photos. Must be used to the Center paparazzi…

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The word "paparazzi" is derived from a character in the Fellini film "La Dolce Vita." The character, a photographer named Paparazzo, reminded Fellini of "a buzzing insect, hovering, darting, stinging."


Fellini's inspiration for the character was the famous Italian "street photographer" Tazio Secchiaroli. Fellini consulted Secchiaroli for research while developing the script for his classic film.
--from Howstuffworks.com

4 comments:

Katie said...

Looks like this deer has plenty to snack on here! Nice of him to pose for you. I haven't seen "La Dolce Vita" for years; I really must rent it again. I'd forgotten that's where paparazzi comes from!

Ms M said...

Yes, he was quite cooperative :)

I also haven't seen "La Dolce Vita" in many years. May need to check it out again, have an "evening at the (home) cinema"...

Petrea said...

Is that really where the word comes from? I didn't know that. Learn something new every day from bloggers.

Ms M said...

Wikipedia says this about the name of the character in the film, Paparazzo:

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.

It's fun learning new things from the internet, and each other. :)