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Episodic journey of an Italian journalist scouring Rome in search of love.
Episodic journey of an Italian journalist scouring Rome in search of love.
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Slight spoilers in the last paragraph.
Our modern malaise is all-encompassing self-pity. I went through it last year: what was the point of wanting things if you were never going to get them anyway? In the throes of my self-absorbed sorrow, I didn’t notice that I had no ambition to begin with. Finding something to care about got me out of that horrible dark place, but every day, I come across more people my age – kids who haven’t even hit twenty yet, for fuck’s sake – diagnosed with depression, although nothing monumental has happened to them, to us. Why are you so unhappy? I don’t know.
Watching La Dolce Vita was like coming across yet another one of those…
Oh sure, but when I walk through the Trevi fountain I'm given a citation and have to pay a fine.
"Don't be like me. Salvation doesn't lie within four walls. I'm too serious to be a dilettante and too much a dabbler to be a professional. Even the most miserable life is better than a sheltered existence in an organized society where everything is calculated and perfected."
It's always intimidating to try and write about something considered to be one of the best films ever made. Regardless of how great it might be, it can be hard to have fun without a personal access point. It's like staring at the Mona Lisa: sure it's an amazing painting and it's easy to appreciate on that level, but what does it have to say about my own subjective reality?
So it was…
Truthful, audacious, bold, boring in stretches, and passionately sweeping: Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita is a film that I admire greatly, but I never truly found a direct connection to it in relation to my own personal experiences. I was very indifferent to much of the film in the second half, only to have spurts of majestic beauty and honesty awake me from my slowly-fading attention. The ending is absolutely perfect however, and just like Don't Look Now, It's a conclusion that raised my thoughts of the film as a whole. I don't think it comes close to the masterful beauty of 8 1/2, but I can clearly understand why it is as revered as it is. Marcello Mastroianni stuns…
A film I never understood as a teen. A film I understand too well as an adult.
Denounced by the Vatican, prohibited in Spain and recipient of the Palme d'Or at the 13th Cannes Film Festival, La Dolce Vita managed to incense as well as delight. It concerns the episodic saga of Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni), a columnist in Rome who investigates society and entertainment gossip for a major tabloid newspaper. Federico Fellini commandeers the schizophrenic disposition of the journalist's existence and his futile quest for love and prosperity extraordinarily, boosted considerably by Mastroianni's inspirational performance.
The film is genuinely graceful and stylish in appearance, which commences with the terrific lighting; the cinematography of Otello Martelli, the costume design and Nino Rota’s enchanting musical score are all tremendous too. Played out in the surroundings of a changing post-war Rome, the film operates its substantial mysticism beyond the exterior elements and delivers awe-inspiring entertainment that investigates the endless divide between the sexes. La Dolce Vita is one of Fellini's masterpieces and is both symbolic and memorable.
After adoring Nights of Cabiria, and loving 8 ½ , it seemed like the appropriate time to take another dip into Fellini’s pool with a film that many consider their favourite.
I had no foreknowledge going in that this is what influenced The Great Beauty, a film I detested so much that I walked out after about 15 minutes ( actually walked out twice, first after 10 minutes, and then, after deciding to give it another try and continued, walked out again after another 5 ).
I was positively giddy watching the opening scene of ‘Flying Jesus’, there was a big smirk across my face. It wasn’t just the symbolic imagery, but also the wonderfully creative cinematography. Of course seeing…
Jesus flies above a Rome that is elegant but decadent. There is no strict character development in La Dolce Vita, just a slither of a story about a hedonistic reporter getting lost amidst an amoral landscape. The film embraces the shallowest of lifestyles to reveal the emptiness of it all. Fellini's Italy is an enchanting place where the nights are alive, but everything in La Dolce Vita is fake. News and reality is all constructed, as characters seek new adventures in a city deemed tranquil and bland. La Dolce Vita contains so many characters, essentially it is cavalcade of the people who wander through a certain social class. These people are disconnected from the world. Their lives are shallow and…
Helicopters carry a giant jesus statue with his arms outstretched over the skies of rome, the children follow and scream and cry with glee at the mere spectacle of it all, much like the paps that ride along inside one of the copters. The beautiful girls sunbathing atop an apartment building wave their hats at them enthusiastically and they quickly swivel around for a chance at their phone numbers. Marcello oozes cool, a distinguished "naughty boy" whose duty is to inform the public, so he maintains. Seven days but mostly nights are presented tumultuously through the lens of Marcello, the lost and happy and damned and unhappy paparazzi constantly on the move towards something, in search of something. "Every night…
Reportedly, after being asked about the main inspiration of La Dolce Vita, Federico Fellini replied that "one year the fashions made the women in Rome look like big flowers". With this idea in mind, Fellini constructs one of his biggest and most celebrative and daring masterpieces of his entire filmography. Would it be enough to say that the film contributed the term "paparazzi" to the language? Such term was derived from the protagonist's photographer friend named Paparazzo. To what extent can a masterpiece that introduced a new era and represented the exact moment when Fellini suffered a filmmaking style transition influence the actuality culture? Condemned by the Italian Catholic party…
Criterion Collection Spine #733
(Foreign language film)
A classic film that feels more like a cinephile's homework, compared to a compelling nearly three hour long movie.
I really enjoyed the meandering surrealism of the first Federico Fellini film I watched ’8 1/2’. But La Dolce Vita, while being beautifully shot is ... I found to be far less engaging.
The concept of movie is to show how (The Sweet Life) of the celebrity lifestyle in Rome is far less glamorous than you would think, by unveiling how empty these characters feel the morning after these extravagant engagements they go on. The main character is an entertainment journalist named Marcello who we meander along with on each of these seven nights…
They are in the castle now and I just watched some drunks pretend to speak to spirits. I don't know how much time is left in the film, but I can't take it anymore. Jonathan is going back down to the theatre to finish it - after all, it is only right. I finished The Great Beauty when he walked out, it is only fair that he stick it out for this one.
I was going to say that one of these days I would write a proper review, you know, acknowledging the hype at least a little. After all, I'm not totally ignorant of the importance of this film, and I don't completely hate the style.
But I can't…
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i was in the mood for a grand film and this definitely fit the bell
it is obviously a fantastically made film, the cinematography, the script, the acting, the set design were all fantastic.
its all just so incredibly stylish and filmed with such a confidence that it really does feel like the greatest film ever while you watch it.
there's also some incredible scenes here, the opening is iconic af, the miracle scene is captivating in its sheer madness, the scenes with sylvia (and especially with the cat) are great and the ending is also pretty magical
the real problem is that 60 years on i find it hard to relate to anything going on here. everyone here is…
Fellini is three for three so far for me.
I honestly dont know what it is about his films but they intrigue me to no end. During this years inevitable quarantine and lockdown, I found it as an opportunity to truly explore auteurs of various time periods and nationalities. I've seen films from Godard, Bresson, Dryer, Bergman, Kurosawa, and many more throughout this year. You can see from my reviews of their films that I loved many of their works and appreciate everything they contributed to cinema. Yet for some of these prolific auteurs I have found some films absolutely brilliant while others I could appreciate yet not call it some of my favorites of all time.
This leads me…
Hermosa. Igual le hace la cola a 8 1/2 (aunque a mi me gusta más 8 1/2 pero ese es mi gusto personal!!! Esta se merece mas el hype)
Great and gorgeous, especially the father's segment. The virgin mary apparition episode is quite weak though, didn't hit the spot it tried.
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I definitely feel like I’m going to need to rewatch this one. It wasn’t quite as fun as I would have expected, but something about the aesthetic and vibe of the film makes me want to rewatch it soon.
I can feel that it’s a masterpiece.
So this movie is episodic, with each section showing us an.. “excess” if you will. Wherever Marcello goes, there’s just too much of everything. And eventually it overwhelms him - by searching for the good life, he loses himself in the excess. This is no more evident than “that” incident with his friend, Steiner. Great acting, great soundtrack, great cinematography and each watch gives you something new. This is a movie that can be viewed in different lights, and it’s all the better for it.
i love the bible!
5 is nowhere near enough stars
Fellini just gets it, ya know?
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