La Dolce Vita


(out of 5)

The definitive Fellini masterpiece and possibly one of the best films to really capture the runaway creativity that dominated sixties cinema.  shot to international stardom as a tabloid reporter who travels through the odyssey that is Rome and its celebrities. He hangs out with his rich friend (), befriends a visiting movie star (, whose fountain-jumping scene is the most famous sequence of the film), investigates a religious phenomenon and attends a few wild parties. Each episode brings Mastroianni further away from real life and closer to a numb, soulless existence that seems to represent the fecklessness of the Italian upper classes; the film can be said to be the more passionate sibling to Antonioni’s L’Avventura.  Fascinating for three solid hours, chock full of gorgeous images and pure movie magic, the film also contributed the word “paparazzo” to the English language (it’s the photographer’s name in the film) and caused a huge controversy when first released (the Catholic Church damned Fellini and his film so vehemently that even his mother was ashamed). Either way you have it, Rome has never looked better, before or since.

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Italy/France, 1960

Directed by

Story by Federico Fellini, , , Screenplay by Federico Fellini, ,

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by Piero Gherardi

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1960

The Criterion Collection

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , , ,, , ,

Academy Award
Best Costume Design (Black-And-White) (Piero Gherardi)

Best Art Direction (Black-And-White) (Piero Gherardi)
Best Director (Federico Fellini)
Best Writing (Story and Screenplay–written directly for the screen) (Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, Brunello Rondi)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Foreign Language Film

National Board Of Review Award
Top Five Foreign Films

Cannes Film Festival Award
Palme D’Or

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Film From Any Source



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