La Dolce Vita

Federico Fellini
Running Time
174 mins

Gossip columnist and aspiring serious journalist Marcello Mastroianni is mired in the empty celebrity whirl of 1960 Rome in Federico Fellini‘s sprawling, scathing satire on decadence and the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church.

Arguably the director’s masterpiece and certainly his best-known film, it’s packed with beautifully shot imagery which is still striking even though it has long since lost the power to shock (check the vast statue of Christ being flown over Rome). Fellini bagged the Palme d’Or at Cannes but was so knackered by the experience of making La Dolce Vita that he didn’t direct another film for three years.

By robin askew, Friday, Dec 20 2019

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