Bobby Deerfield, 1977

Bobby Deerfield, 1977.

Proof that the 70s and 80s meet in 1977. In the Hollywood film Bobby Deerfield, Al Pacino plays a troubled race-car driver who leaves his girlfriend, a weaving artist, for  a dying European jetsetter whom I found annoyingly shallow, juvenile and capricious. And that’s all you need to know about the vanquishing of the 70s by the 80s. However, the main character in this film, which was partially shot in Italy, is really the giant bottle of Acqua di Selva.

Bobby Deerfield, 1977

Bobby Deerfield, 1977

Bobby Deerfield, 1977

Bobby Deerfield, 1977. Phone, half-finished weaving, pout.

Bobby Deerfield, 1977

Bobby Deerfield, 1977

Bobby Deerfield, 1977

PS I looked up Acqua di Selva on a lark and found these anecdotes:

An elderly friend of mine told me that it was very popular in Germany during the 1950s. Gay men used this fragrance as a kind of code. When this became widely known, the sales quantities dropped immediately and AdS almost vanished from the market for decades.

and:

This has always been a favorite in Italy for many guys both old and young. I was born in Milano and I remember that all of the young guys in high school would wear this as their “first” after shave lotion (and proud of it, too). How this brings me back to my youth with very pleasant memories of doing all of the things that a 16 yr old guy did back then.
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2 Responses to “Bobby Deerfield, 1977”

  1. Erik Says:

    I would very much like to post these on my blog, if you would allow it.

    You have a very good blog.

  2. LB Says:

    Thanks, Erik. So do you. Yes, please post! Link always appreciated.

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