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La Dolce Vita [DVD]

Marcello Mastroianni , Anita Ekberg , Federico Fellini    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux, Magali Noël
  • Directors: Federico Fellini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Nouveaux
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VF4XU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,759 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



At three brief hours, Fellini's cynical, engrossing social commentary, La Dolce Vita, stands as his timeless masterpiece. A rich, detailed panorama of Rome's modern decadence and sophisticated immorality, the film is episodic in structure but held tightly in focus by the wandering protagonist through whom we witness the sordid action. Marcello Rubini is a tabloid reporter trapped in a shallow high-society existence, as extraordinarily played by Marcello Mastroianni, a man of paradoxical, emotional juxtapositions: cool but tortured, sexy but impotent. He dreams about writing something important but remains seduced by the money and prestige that accompany his shallow position. He romanticises about finding true love but acts unfazed upon finding that his girlfriend has taken an overdose of sleeping pills. Instead, he engages in a ménage à trois, then frolics in a fountain with a giggling American starlet (bombshell Anita Ekberg), and in the film's unforgettably inspired finale, attends a wild orgy that ends, symbolically with its participants finding a rotting sea animal while wandering the beach at dawn.

Fellini saw his film as life affirming (thus its title, "The Sweet Life"), but it's impossible to take him seriously. While Mastroianni drifts from one worldly pleasure to another, be it sex, drink, glamorous parties or rich foods, they are presented, through his detached eyes, as merely momentary distractions. His existence, an endless series of wild evenings and lonely mornings, is ultimately soulless and facile. Because he lacks the courage to change, Mastroianni is left with no alternative but to wearily accept and enjoy this "sweet" life. --Dave McCoy,

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One of the most influential movies of all time, universally acclaimed by critics, filmmakers and the public alike. It's a spectacular and relevant morality play in which Mastroianni plays a journalist disillusioned by the paparazzi life-style and jaded by a relationship grown stifling. Filled with gloriously memorable images, the shot of a helicopter lifting Christ's statue out of Rome is iconic.

* Digitally remastered from a restored print
* Brand new exclusive interview with Anita Ekberg.

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138 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic piece of Italian cinema 29 Oct 2004
Fellini's opening scene puts the stamp on this one: a helicopter flies over Roman ruins, a statue of Christ suspended beneath. A second helicopter stalks it, a journalist and photographer onboard. They fly on over new blocks of flats - ugly, functional buildings, dallying to wave to bathing beauties, men and women failing to communicate above the noise of the aircraft. An atmosphere of cynicism is established: Rome is a crumbling ruin, decadent, its peoples unable to talk to one another.
Set in 1950's Rome, La Dolce Vita follows the life of a journalist (Marcello Mastroianni), a man who can write great prose but whose work is devoted to the trivia of society gossip, the sensational, and celebrity hype: his life is empty and meaningless, filled only by sex, boredom, and flight from commitment. His girlfriend wants to marry him, but is driven to attempt suicide because of his philandering. He prefers, instead, to romp with the society figure, Maddalena (Anouk Aimee) on a whore's bed, or to flirt with a visiting Hollywood screen idol (Anita Ekberg).
Modelled on a Rome which had become an outpost of Hollywood, attracting many American actors, La Dolce Vita presents that unreal world which working class Italians could only glimpse through the pages of a new generation of celebrity, illustrated magazines. In Hollywood, the studios protected their stars and managed their publicity: in Rome, they were exposed to the local press - Mastroianni's ever-present photographer, Paparazzo, would give his name to the job. Indeed, two of the film's memorable scenes - Anita Ekberg dancing in the Trevi Fountain, and the striptease towards the end - were modelled on Ekberg's own, well-publicised exploits.
Throughout the film, Italian references are sparse.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From scandal to classic: La dolce vita 14 Aug 2011
A week or so in the life of social page journalist Marcello in Rome and his problems with women & life is the underlying theme. On top, three consecutive events provide the action: the arrival of Swedish sex movie star Anita Eckberg plus American husband - a fairly undisguised reference to Marylin Monroe and her one time husband, playwright Arthur Miller), a visit to the house of his mentor Steiner (with idyllic family scene, and some suspect Jungian style philosophy), an unannounced visit in town of his father with some social night-clubbing. Movie star and father return home again, Steiner kills his young children and commits suicide, with no obvious explanation (except perhaps that idylls are neither idyllic nor stable). Marcello is hardly any further in solving his problem; the final scene at the beach, a huge flatfish caught in the net, a look at his eye; across a little creek into the sea, a teenage girl he met before tries to talk across to him, but there is too much noise. The "open" sea is a typical Fellini ending.

Highlights - technical. At the beginning, a long "camera traveling" scene, a term the French use for approaching a moving or standing object from behind and then passing it, while making a full 180 degree turn, and looking back at it from the front, all in one continuous shot. Done for samurai battles by the Japanese directors Kurosawa and Kobayashi around the same time. If on ground level, very long rails needed to smoothly run the camera. Helicopters offer new ways.

Highlights - social and political. Flying in a statue of Christ for some church, else church also shown as a bureaucracy in the religious business including wonder healing etc. Huge new and unfinished suburban areas.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The most famous film by celebrated Italian director Federico Fellini, 'La Dolce Vita' caused quite a stir on release for its portrayal of decadence in 1960's Rome. Although not for all tastes, this modern classic is never less than entertaining for all of its three hour duration.
Fellini had abandoned his earlier, celebrated, 'neo-realist' style for a more image centered approach, and 'La Dolce Vita' illustrates this perfectly. From the opening shot of the statue of Christ being lifted by helicopter over Rome to it's most famous scene of Anita Ekberg dancing in the Trevi fountain, the film is full of eye catching moments. Regular Fellini collaborator Nino Rota, provides a wonderful score which is as central to the film as the work of its director.
Marcello Mastroianni plays a gossip columnist who although dissatisfied with what he sees as his worthless life, is unwilling to give up 'the sweet life' among Rome's café society in favour of a more rewarding existence. With a cigarette in his mouth and a jaded look in his eyes, Mastroianni perfectly plays the part of a bored tabloid journalist, constantly socializing with Rome's high society, but always disappointed with himself. Most of the characters in the movie are directionless and without morals, which makes its setting in Rome all the more ironic.
The DVD release of this classic movie contains an excellent transfer from a good quality print, However the subtitles are built into the picture and cannot be turned off, In addition I also feel that the subtitles don't translate all the dialogue from the original script, and finally, the disc is regrettably light on extras. That said, For any broad minded movie lover, 'La Dolce Vita' is a more than worthy addition to their DVD collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The party`s over
This must have been an astonishing film to watch on its release in 1960, upsetting as it did the Catholic Church and no doubt much of the society it depicts with such cavalier... Read more
Published 25 days ago by GlynLuke
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film
I bought this film with the intention of using it to help me with my Italian....but once I started watching it I became engrossed in the film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by jeanjeanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 60s movie.
Roma in 1960. Marvellous! Atmospheric with a fabulous cinematography. If you haven t already done so, please see this film. Recommended.
Published 9 months ago by colin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too sure
I bought it because it was the Cannes Prize of my brth year and I felt like going down the lanes of the old classics. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Fabienne
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old classic film!
When I was young, I went to see European films a lot; I never missed good long-run films. Except this La Dolce Vita!
Yes, It was an excellent old film indeed!
Published 11 months ago by Chieko Shove
5.0 out of 5 stars Anita Ekberg. Enough said.
One of the most acclaimed films of modern times, this moralist tale of the pointless, pleasure-seeking lives of the main protagonists, is considered by many to be the greatest work... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. P. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Inimitable
The one and only!! See this for the record of a decadent portrait of a society obsessed by celebrity but with poverty and misery as very near-neighbours. Read more
Published 13 months ago by monty
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This film is full of stuff. This and 8 and a half are trully great European masterpieces. Bring back the auteurs.
Published on 20 July 2010 by Bruce Sharp
Fellini chooses sixties Rome to deliver an incisively hedonistic satire on modern contemporary European culture where degeneracy is fashionable and egomania out rules morality ,it... Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2009 by doctor oz MB,MRCP
5.0 out of 5 stars the sweet life
Well, if you are a child of the sixties and a student of the film then you cannot be but knocked out by this movie. It defined everything that was cool at that time. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2009 by Edward Townsend
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