Italy, 1960, 180 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Federico Fellini, Unrated but not suitable for children, Italian with English subtitles, Paramount Pictures
"In sum, it is an awesome picture, licentious in content but moral and vastly sophisticated in its attitude and what it says." —Bosley Crowther, The New York Times
Fellini's massive portrait of the excess that was Rome in the postwar economic boom of the 1950s is one of the most critically acclaimed - and referential - films of all time. Wrote Roger Ebert: "I have heard theories that La Dolce Vita catalogs the seven deadly sins, takes place on the seven hills of Rome, and involves seven nights and seven dawns, but I have never looked into them, because that would reduce the movie to a crossword puzzle. I prefer it as an allegory, a cautionary tale of a man (Marcello Mastroianni) without a center." Individual scenes are indelibly embedded in our collective memory, whether it be that of a statue of Christ hovering over ancient Roman ruins, suspended from a helicopter; or Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg cavorting in the Trevi Fountain late into the night. Italy's 2013 Oscar winner, The Great Beauty, is a footnote to this film. Continues Ebert: "When I saw the movie right after Mastroianni died, I thought that Fellini and Marcello had taken a moment of discovery and made it immortal. There may be no such thing as the sweet life. But it is necessary to find that out for yourself."
La Dolce Vita was restored 2011 by The Film Foundation in Italy at L’Immagine Ritrovata Film.
2020 marked the centennial of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. Federico Fellini left an indelible mark in the industry starting with The White Sheik in 1952, ushering Alberto Sordi, Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni to international stardom and shaping the medium to be his own inimitable mindscape at Italy’s fabled Cinecittà studios. The celebration of this occasion was delayed but throughout 2021, Gables Cinema will once again bring you his newly restored classics as they were meant to be seen. Sit back and let the imaginative maestro enthrall you all year long.