On February seventh, 1497, in the midst of Carnival, the charismatic preacher Girolamo Savonarola inspired a falò delle vanità,exhorting his followers to burn immoral objects in a Florence’s Piazza della Signoria. Tinder included cosmetics, mirrors, Boccacio’s books, artwork, clothing, instruments, and playing cards. (Some say that Botticelli, a devotee, was moved to burn some of his work, but this is speculation.) Oh, and lest you think all these vanities were voluntarily donated, think again: Savonarola’s army of teenagers forcibly confiscated much of it from neighboring homes. While these bonfires were not uncommon, the scale of this one made it the most famous. Obviously, in memoriam, we bring you the trailer for the 1990 film adaptation of the 1987 Tom Wolfe novel. Also: everyone was in that movie!

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