One of the wonderful things about having a passion for films is that there is always another gem that you never got around to seeing. Over 50 years after it was made, I have finally sat down and watched Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
The film’s ironic title, “The Sweet Life”, is perfect for this fascinating study of the restless central character, newspaperman Marcello Rubini, and the places and people he visits in his quest for fulfilment.
Fellini’s film is incredible in its imagery, characters and stories. La Dolce Vita is an examination of a particular society in a particular time and place. However, the parallels 50 years on with where I live – bar the religious element – are shockingly transparent. Once seen, it is very interesting to read up on the allegory that is La Dolce Vita and the symbology and symmetry Fellini employed to put across his ideas.
Rubini’s sometimes side-kick in the story is Paparazzo, an intrusive photographer. It was after La Dolce Vita was released that the term “paparazzi” became widely used.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers. However, this trailer is harmless, if you fancy a taste:
Title: La Dolce Vita
Direction: Federico Fellini
Screenplay: Federico Fellini
Editing: Leo Catozzo
Score: Nino Rota
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux, Magali Noël, Alain Cuny, Nadia Gray