La Dolce Vita

Film, Drama
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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.

Details

Release details

Rated:
15
Duration:
176 mins

Cast and crew

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