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La Dolce Vita [DVD] [Deluxe Edition]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In Federico Fellini's seminal film LA DOLCE VITA, a three-hour masterpiece that shows one man's descent into "the sweet life" of debauchery, Marcello Mastroianni stars as eccentric journalist Marcello Rubini. On assignment to chronicle the lives of the rich and famous Italian aristocracy in a gossip column for a Roman newspaper, Marcello floats from one fabulous party to the next, meeting all varieties of beautiful, extravagant people. While he would never protest this seemingly ideal job, it makes him feel lonely and empty, and he stays up drinking and dancing night after night only to wake up each morning unbalanced and unfocused. The film follows Marcello's ups and downs in an episodic pattern in which each evening is a new story, a new adventure, a new dare, a new woman with whom to fall helplessly in love--but only for that night. Each morning the slate is wiped clean, and Fellini resets Marcello's score to zero. Sprinkled with religious images and gestures at salvation, LA DOLCE VITA is supreme in the beauty of its all-encompassing symbolism that is expressed through lavish sets, an alluring script, overemphasized physical movements, roller-coaster jazz music, and helpless emotions.

    Academy Awards Best Costume Design (b&w) 1961
    Cannes Palme d'Or 1960

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DV3051

  • Credits
    Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aime, Francoise Sorya Dreyfus
  • Critic Reviews
    "...One of the key works of the modern cinema. A brilliantly conceived epic fable..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...The movie leaps from one visual extravaganza to another....The movie is made with boundless energy..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "With its shimmering, beguilingly familiar Nino Rota score, Otello Martelli's ravishingly lighted black-and-white cinematography and its endless processions of the foolish, the grotesque, the jaded and the merely young and beautiful, LA DOLCE VITA is truly unforgettable."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[A] peerless, protean act of visual choreography."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[T]his remains a mesmerizing spectacle with gonzo casting."
    USA Today

    "[A] piercing depiction of moral failure with a palpable sense of desolation at its core."

    "[Fellini] highlights the triviality and absurdity of a culture in which every banality uttered by a star obsesses the press..."
    Sight and Sound

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