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La Dolce Vita

4

Straddling his early neo-realism and late-career indulgences, Fellini's 1960 portrait of a generation's spiritual slippage took him into dazzling territory.

Sure, the rampant result sprawls like a smashed socialite. But it's also utterly compelling, as Fellini traces the path of a gossip columnist (Marcello Mastroianni) from long nights to dazed dawns, via a crush on a party girl (Anita Ekberg) and longings for an intellectual life. The number of soirées on parade saps your soul after a bit, but that may well be the film's prophetic, pre-paparazzi point.

 

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 27th 2004

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