the lover turned entrepreneur-

from Giangiacomo Schiavi

From pupil jokes in Genoa with Paolo Villaggio and Francesco De Andr, to nights on the French Riviera with Gigi Rizzi and Brigitte Bardot. Then opening cafes around the globe and a profession in finance

He left with a shadow of legend behind him, unhappy lonely finale. Beppe Piroddi, the shady and gloomy beginner, the final within the collection that from the Croisette to Saint Tropez, on the seashores and at night time, had les italiens as its subtitle. With Gigi Rizzi, the king of the Playboy mythology, he plunged into the miraculous and slender gap within the journey opened between the fifties and seventies, abandoning the again streets of Genoa and the jokes with Paolo Villaggio and Fabrizio de Andr. He used to stroll round Paris altering ladies each night time till, along with Odile Rodin, he put an finish to the gypsies: he had conquered the spouse of the nice Porfirio Rubirosa. The casual and blissful period ends with him Newsweek dropped at the entrance in 1968, together with Benvenuti’s worldwide haul and Riva’s objective in European Italy, when the story of two younger provincial youths supplanted the social information of the summer time: Gigi Rizzi dancing barefoot and whispering phrases of affection to Brigitte Bardot; Beppe Piroddi sipped at Chateau Lafitte and ran l’Esquinade, Gianni Agnelli’s favourite boite, final cease on Tropezian evenings.

It was one other 1968, as Massimo Fini wrote, with out Molotov cocktails and with out barricades, however with the tricolor flag flying over Mandrague: Gigi Rizzi had bewitched essentially the most lovely, most fascinating, most engaging intercourse image of the time and had herself. photographed along with her, Piroddi and Odile at the hours of darkness carnage of Papagayo, a basement was a membership, membership des allongs, all unfold out, open shirt, huge eyes and a pirate bandana. They turned les italiens that 12 months, together with Franco Rapetti, Rodolfo Parisi and Gianfranco Piacentini, an unbeatable scrum pack in conquests on a cheeky permitted Cote d’Azur, the place the nouvelle imprecise accepted the air pollution of the great nights of the playboys, amongst adventurers, billionaires, paparazzi, the beauties within the lavatory, drug addicts and perverts. Rizzi and Piroddi chatted then, going from Fyona Lewis to Nathalie Delon the primary, from Jaqueline Bisset to Odile Rodin, the second. Rizzi babla and Piroddi dall’Esquinade ready his future as a seductress-entrepreneur. Then got here BB, along with her searing femininity that obliterated everybody, remembered with sensible phrases Giampiero Mughini: hooked by Ghunter Sachs von Opel, the person who made it rain pink roses from the helicopter to say I like you and hug Gigi Rizzi, the provincial boy who Saint Tropez had topped as a good-looking and cheeky serial lover, who grew up in Milanese nights at Stork and Bang Bang and earlier than that at Carillon in Portofino. Gigi has a popularity as the kind who can seize any lady, from princesses to road ladies, the jeweler Pederzani, a widely known bon vivant from through Montenapoleone, informed Gigi Moncalvo.

It was not regular for the Italian boys of life in Saint Tropez. The awakenings have been dramatic, after good nights, intercourse, coke and alcohol to be thrown away. Uninhibited France was a land of conquest. However with the flirtation between Gigi Rizzi and Brigitte Bardot, the bang of les italiens was worldwide. From Mandrague BB he despatched the motive force within the Rolls Royce to fetch the suitcases and spare garments for Gigi, whom Dalila referred to as the lover and Olgina of Robilant had outlined as lovely and doable. The day after good morning the headline: New love for Bardot. Italian photographers went loopy. Weekly newspapers additionally rose. Gianni Agnelli personally congratulates the plush playboy and greets BB with the siren of the household boat, GA30, in a memorable assembly at sea. Within the e book The initials BB, himself to recollect it. Rizzi and Piroddi develop into a model, the Italian fashion that hits the Croisette. Blow a standard fuse. It is going to be the final flame in ’68, earlier than the squares and parades. Each Zenith comprises inside itself a twilight, wrote Massimo Fini. What else after Bardot? Rizzi’s story ends on the Gorilla counter, within the firm of Roger Vadim sipping Bourbon with two buttered eggs and comforting his good friend: BB searching for new emotions. The suitcases of the Italian lover are outdoors the Madrague gate, whereas Piroddi already envisioned her as godmother on the inauguration of Quantity One in October in Milan.

Bardot is simply an ex when Rizzi will get misplaced in Roman nights, with Califano and his associates Speziale, Pantanella, Beppe Ercole and Dado Ruspoli, with new lovers (Veruska) and goals of appearing. Then he flees to Argentina after the primary scandal, with the arrest present of Walter Chiari and Lelio Luttazzi (who has nothing to do with it). However to the top he carries with him the ghost of the extraterrestrial and his tropezienne zoo. Of the opposite Italians, Rapetti, lovely, nice poker participant, artwork professional, falls from a skyscraper in New York after a love affair with Baroness Von Thissen: playing debt, they are saying. Parisi dies in London, killed by a bus mirror whereas crossing the road trying the improper manner. Piroddi the one one who stays within the breach, he doesn’t waste and doesn’t waste himself: he makes the beginner the idea of the journey in entrepreneurship and finance. He opens the area cafes, lands in Montecarlo and New York, collaborates with Raul Gardini and Sergio Cusani, establishes enterprise relations with half the world. Candida Morvillo informed this additional cures off yesterday. In Saint Tropez, the place it began, he lived with Gigi Rizzi in a small residence on the Place des liyces. He lived in a manner. He nearly at all times married some place else. Lovers in all places. And New Jimmis’s in Paris. And the adventures with Regine Zilberger, top notch mistress. And the casinos. And Annabel is in London. And Johnny Gold’s Trumps. And the evenings with Polansky and Cintya Lennon. And Marina Cicogna and Peter Sellers. And the raids in Montecarlo, the place Gigi loses a fortune and Beppe watches.

Buddies, however totally different Piroddi and Rizzi. One performs with life, the opposite a brasseur d’affaires, bordering on the jet set and worldliness. Unconsciousness and vitality united us – bear in mind Gigi Rizzi – however I used to be a dreamer, he rather less. There comes a time when age circumstances you, mentioned Olghina di Robilant, who was a honest good friend of Gigi and maybe a lover, and who wrote of Dagospia that in minestrone within the turtleneck capital, the younger man by no means betrayed the excellence and charm of fact. Gentleman. So, even for the previous playboys, there comes a second in life once you need to stroll alone along with your canine and watch an exquisite sundown and mutter nonsense and musings. Gianfranco Piacentini ended up like this: a quiet man, in mattress at 9 within the night, after a day’s work on the Maurizio Costanzo Present. Beppe Piroddi, with out Rizzi, Rapetti and Parisi, was the final of the Italians. He slowly lowered the hill. He closed himself in a world the place solely he was left. Melancholy, like several sundown. I met him a number of occasions, to border sure recollections, when Gigi Rizzi had cleared his for a canopy of Set (What an evening that night time with BB). Beppe had the e book within the drawer, the beginner truly. He sat within the restaurant, in Genoa and Santa Margherita, trying on the sea: however he had no goals. He felt like a survivor. The final within the collection.

21 September 2022 (change 21 September 2022 | 13:15)

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