Thursday, March 6, 2008

La Dolce Vita (1960)

La Dolce Vita is a look into the life of Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni), a Roman journalist trying to find himself. Yvonne Furneaux is Emma, Marcello's live-in girlfriend who is very insecure and suicidal mostly due to Marcello's playboy ways. Throughout the film Marcello and Emma are constantly at each other’s throats, yet everything always seems to work out in the end between them due to Emma’s undying love towards Marcello. The film follows Marcello during one week in his life while he meets new people, conquers new women, and attends high society parties with the paparazzo always close behind. The first of these encounters is Maddalena, played by Anouk Aimée. Maddalena is an heiress to some kind of fortune, who seemingly bored with her life and spends time with Marcello and ends up sleeping with him in a whore's bedroom. Next is big time Hollywood actress Sylvia (Anita Ekberg), whom Marcello is extremely attracted to but who is already in a tumultuous relationship with fellow actor Robert, who seems to be a big American star as well. Following a large fight with Robert, Sylvia runs off into the night with Marcello who makes his attempts to woo her but finds her short attention span and high maintenance attitude tiring. He then attends an intellectual party at his troubled friend Steiner's apartment. Steiner is a writer who seems very balanced, but ends up murdering his children and killing himself for no apparent reason. There are many other encounters like these, all just as interesting with characters just as deep and flawed as the ones previously mentioned. La Dolce Vita is a very long and complicated film, so make sure when you watch it you are at full attention and awake throughout so as to no miss anything. Federico Fellini is an amazingly talented director, and this is definitely a beautiful film with some shots that will absolutely blow your mind. Overall 3.5/4 Stars Grade = B+

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