La Dolce Vita

Film, Drama

Time Out says

The opening shot shows a helicopter lifting a statue of Christ into the skies and out of Rome. God departs and paves the way for Fellini's extraordinarily prophetic vision of a generation's spiritual and moral decay. The depravity is gauged against the exploits of Marcello (Mastroianni), a playboy hack who seeks out sensationalist stories by bedding socialites and going to parties. Marcello is both repelled by and drawn to the lifestyles he records: he becomes besotted with a fleshy, dimwit starlet (Ekberg), he joins in the media hysteria surrounding a child's alleged sighting of the Virgin Mary, yet he longs for the bohemian life of his intellectual friend Steiner (Cuny). There are perhaps a couple of party scenes too many, and the peripheral characters can be unconvincing, but the stylish cinematography and Fellini's bizarre, extravagant visuals are absolutely riveting.

By: EP


Release details

176 mins

Cast and crew

Federico Fellini
Ennio Flaiano, Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi
Marcello Mastroianni
Lex Barker
Yvonne Furneaux
Anouk Aimée
Alain Cuny
Anita Ekberg
Magali Noël
Annibale Ninchi
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