La Dolce Vita (1960)

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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.


You can find more information on this Italian movie on Wikipedia and IMDb.

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

Language: Italian

Direction: Federico Fellini

Screenplay: Federico Fellini

Cinematography: Otello Martelli

Editing: Leo Catozzo

Score: Nino Rota

Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux, Magali Noël, Alain Cuny, Nadia Gray


Full Acting Cast and Roles



  1. It is a masterpiece,-decadence of post-war Italy is as relevant to us as then. I have posted my appreciation in my Movie Lists which discusses at length my personal views. Thanks for your post.

  2. I haven’t been able to watch this because Netflix doesn’t have the subtitles straightened out. I could only see one line. I am dying to watch it though.

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  4. Yes, this is one of those ‘classics’ that I still haven’t gotten the chance to watch yet. 8 1/2 is probably my favourite movie of all-time!

  5. My favorite film of all time & Fellini is my favorite director! I have to mention Nino Rota’s amazing score and a stellar performance from Marcello Mastroianni.

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