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La Dolce Vita

  • Drama
  • 1960
  • Federico Fellini
  • 167 mins
  • 15

Summary

Classic drama starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. A journalist mixing with the high society crowd seems attracted and, at the same time, repelled by what he sees.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, this sprawling, scathing satire on the decadence of contemporary Italy and the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church confirmed Federico Fellini's reputation for flamboyant, controversial imagery. Marcello Mastroianni is outstanding here as the journalist who, by day, jostles with the paparazzi in the hunt for movie stars, miraculous visitations and flying statues of Christ. By night, he indulges his passion for intellectual pretension and the indolent delights of the jet set, which includes an unforgettable encounter with Anita Ekberg in Rome's Trevi fountain. A dire warning that Italy was still politically and socially prone to the false promises of Fascism, this almost Dantesque odyssey so drained its Oscar-nominated director, he did not make another feature for three years.

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Credits

Cast

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Marcello RubiniMarcello Mastroianni
SylviaAnita Ekberg
MaddalenaAnouk Aimée
EmmaYvonne Furneaux
FannyMagali Noël
SteinerAlain Cuny
Marcello's fatherAnnibale Ninchi
PaparazzoWalter Santesso
PaolaValeria Ciangottini
NadiaNadia Gray
RobertLex Barker
Matinée idolJacques Sernas

Crew

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DirectorFederico Fellini

Details

Theatrical distributor
BFI
Released on
2020-01-03
Guidance
Contains some violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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