• Film ID:
  • 2422
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=166 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • Italy.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • Italian.
LA DOLCE VITA (1960)
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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, 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, he joins in the media hysteria surrounding a child's alleged sighting of the Virgin Mary, and he longs for the bohemian life of an intellectual friend. The cinematography and Fellini's bizarre, extravagant visuals are absolutely riveting.
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