Italian Men: Sensual Artists, Sailors and … Charmers
Is there a crisis in the myth of sexy Italian male? Handsome, muscular, black curls and extremely well dressed, it seems in decline, an image of the past, a yellowed picture that comes out of a drawer.
Yet for years the myth has been fed by figures, names and faces
have been carved into the world's collective vision. The image of a man beautiful and sharp, grim and sensual, a lover of sexy excellence that only could be found in Italy.
The world still remembers Julius Caesar, history describes eyed blacks and vivid. He had Four wives (married for dowry and politics - no surprise there), to each he was elegant and attentive to their person, perhaps a precursor of our times. Caesar is loved by the people of Rome even today; on his grave are always placed fresh flowers.
But even more intriguing was the charm of Giacomo Casanova, the Venetian was the most famous lover in the world, the myth of the Italian charmer par excellence. A rover unbridled and unscrupulous, player, cheat, actor, but over all great lover and charmer.
What about Garibaldi? The hero of “Two Worlds”, bearded and charming, with woman and freedom as the highest of ideals (perhaps in reverse order?). Told him it was a man who could not say no, wait that did not know, did not admit that the expectations and uncertainties. He was the stereotype of the "handsome and impossible" to which women wherever he went, fall in love instantly.
And what about the magnetic appeal of Rodolfo Valentino? An Italian naturalized U.S. actor, icon of success and fashion of the silent film era, the romantic hero and scoundrel. Valentino is perhaps the first sex symbol to remember the look in the magic enchanted the female audience.
Continuing at this rate, we mention Marcello Mastroianni, unforgettable in La Dolce Vita and in the Fellini movie picture 8 e 1/2, embodies the symbol of the Latin-lover, and Giancarlo Giannini, a legend of the Italian movie star system, rude charm and ice eyes.
Today the incredible sex-appeal of the “Latin male” is maintained high by a lot of actors, singers, models and atheletes. Among them are: Raoul Bova, Alessandro Preziosi, Gabriel Garko, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Gassman, Stefano Accorsi, Riccardo Scamarcio, Luciano Ligabue, Biagio Antonacci. This list could stretch to infinity, the addition of names of men from the dark fascination; artists cursed by their piercing gaze and sculpted muscles.
And it's not just the tanning resistant and the open shirts that catch a glimpse of chest to represent the distinctive element, but the ability to process messages with seductive looks intriguing, passionate intensity, a mix of secret aphrodisiac ingredients.
Day by day in our lives we peep the photos in newspapers, we gossip with our colleague during the coffee break, we dream. But for a family, we try a slightly less beautiful man that can remain close to us even when we are with the high fever and swollen eyes and with a tearful glance we call him "my love".