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Fellini split from neorealism when he followed a gossip columnist around Rome for seven days. Those seven days are an existential journey amidst love, sex, parties, celebrities and decadence.
NOTE: The rare 35mm print of La Dolce Vitae we were sent is dubbed. For the sake of purity, tonight's film will be presented digitally in the original Italian soundtrack with English subtitles.
In Federico Fellini's seminal film LA DOLCE VITA, a three-hour masterpiece that shows one man's descent into "the sweet life" of debauchery, Marcello Mastroianni stars as eccentric journalist... In Federico Fellini's seminal film LA DOLCE VITA, a three-hour masterpiece that shows one man's descent into "the sweet life" of debauchery, Marcello Mastroianni stars as eccentric journalist Marcello Rubini. On assignment to chronicle the lives of the rich and famous Italian aristocracy in a gossip column for a Roman newspaper, Marcello floats from one fabulous party to the next, meeting all varieties of beautiful, extravagant people. While he would never protest this seemingly ideal job, it makes him feel lonely and empty, and he stays up drinking and dancing night after night only to wake up each morning unbalanced and unfocused. The film follows Marcello's ups and downs in an episodic pattern in which each evening is a new story, a new adventure, a new dare, a new woman with whom to fall helplessly in love--but only for that night. Each morning the slate is wiped clean, and Fellini resets Marcello's score to zero. Sprinkled with religious images and gestures at salvation, LA DOLCE VITA is supreme in the beauty of its all-encompassing symbolism that is expressed through lavish sets, an alluring script, overemphasized physical movements, roller-coaster jazz music, and helpless emotions.
Fri February 12, 2010, 7:00 only, Muenzinger Auditorium
Italy | France, 1960, in Italian | English | French | German, Black and White, 174 min | Germany:177 min (premiere) | Portugal:165 min (re-release) | USA:180 min (premiere), 2.35 : 1 more • official site