PAOLA (THE YOUNG WAITRESS): THE LOST INNOCENCE OF MARCELLO.
Few scenes for this character, who with her young age represents in the last scene the call to innocence for Marcello
Paola represents the innocence that is not yet corrupted. His being there on the beach while Marcello and his friends they are making fun of nature, represents the last chance for Marcello. Paola calls him, as Silvia had called him before. Both in fact represent purity, the offer of a simple and natural life. But this time there is not even a hesitation for Marcello. He makes a gesture like telling her I can not hear you … In reality, it is only too late for Marcello to change his life, to abandon his “false” friends and his fake world …. he then joins the other actors of the human circus to continue the show where the victory of the culture on nature is represented.