Hayden Welch’s review published on Letterboxd:
“We must get beyond passions, like a great work of art. In such miraculous harmony. We should love each other outside of time... detached.”
The concept of talking about La Dolce Vita is really intimidating to me. I’ll be honest the first half an hour left me incredibly cold and bored but once everything began to pick up I retroactively enjoyed the first act. Having never seen any Federico Fellini before this I didn’t really know what to expect and I was really impressed. It gave me that same mixture of hypnotism and confusion that Last Year at Marienbad did, which makes for a challenging and rewarding watch.
In terms of technicalities this film is flawless, hilarious dialogue fused with realism, no stand out performances simply because everyone is stunning, some of the best cinematography ever and a keen humanistic eye. It’s really a staggering masterpiece that knocked me off my feet and I’m going to have to revisit soon.