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La Dolce Vita [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: DVD-ROM
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKGO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,924 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD region 1 NTSC US Import

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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144 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 29 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
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 By Dr René Codoni on 14 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By blueskies on 23 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
La Dolce Vita Blu Ray (Region B)

First class product, this Umbrella Entertainment Region B blu ray of 'La Dolce Vita' from Australia. The transfer is perfect, the best version of this film I have ever seen. Detail, textures, brightness and contrast levels are outstanding. The sound has two- and five-channel sound options. I found nothing unfavourable about the transfer that caught my eye. I want to look at it all over again and savour its beauty all over. Far, far more enjoyable than the SD's from the past, including the Nouveaux Pictures restored SD DVD. Plenty of extras too.
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Format: Blu-ray
Anita Ekberg died last week,so I thought it was time to watch the DVD of "La Dolce Vita" (hereafter, LDV) that I had bought around Christmas time. I had seen "Amarcord" recently and been impressed. There are impressive things in LDV too, but I didn't like it quite as much. First of all, at a little under three hours, it's a bit too long for its material. Fellini utilizes a lot of ingenuity and striking camerawork in lovely black-and-white in essentially re-iterating the emptiness of the so-called sweet life that is meat and drink to the tabloid journalists and photographers who follow, and partially create, "celebrities" and spectacle. It matters little to them whether the celebrities are from the wealthy, the aristocracy, the intellectual world, the world of entertainment, or the world of Italian Catholicism: they're all reduced to the same level of temporary, often prurient, interest. Marcello Mastroianni is Marcello Rubini, a tabloid journalist who still seems to have (or is he in denial by now?) aspirations to be a better kind of writer. His friendship with the intellectual Steiner (Alain Cluny) is a token of that supposed seriousness, and yet Steiner sees himself as little more than a dilettante and in the movie's most shocking development kills himself and his young, beautiful children -- a statement about his sense that Italy has no future worth living in. (For the squeamish, the killings take place off-stage). The sense that a worthwhile future seems to be becoming less possible -- in this case a future of stable affection -- almost leads to another death, as Marcello's lover Emma (Yvonne Furneaux) overdoses on pills.Read more ›
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