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4.17.2006

La Dolce Vita


Almost anybody with a love for cinema is familiar with the name Fellini. It is a name associated with the craft of motion picture production. Federico Fellini is one of those rare directors that consistently produced movies of elevated caliber. And "La Dolce Vita" may be the cherry on that proverbial sundae. A lengthy yet engrossing film that examines the interactions of a young celebrity writer in Rome during the late 1950s. Marcello (Macello Mastroianni) lives an empty life among the rich and famous whom frequent the clubs of Via Veneto. While he grovels at the heels of high society, grabbing at the crumbs that fall to his feet, Marcello's eyes occasionally sparkle with passion, his true inspiration is in the novel he is destined to write.

But he is too easily distracted by the complexities of life and the profound, underscored theme that it may all be for nothing. Much of this miscommunication comes from the over-complex relationships he has fostered with three women. He has his scatterbrained lover, (Yvonne Furneaux) who uses the threat of suicide to get the attention of the absent Marcello. Then there is the beautiful and rich socialite, (Anouk Aimee) who will slum it with our hero, but in reality is unattainable due to that pesky restraint called class division. And then there is the ultimate temptress, the bombshell movie actress, (Anita Ekberg) who he chases all over late night Rome.

Life really is about missed opportunities, and the ability to slow down long enough to find them. Fellini is showing us that the emptiness in Marcello's life is by choice. And if you decide to rent "La Dolce Vita" give yourself the time to enjoy it. (It runs about three hours, but I feel it's worth every second.) It's a great film.

11 comments:

ffleur said...

Sounds like a great film Flix. If its filmed in Italy (in colour?) I'm all over it.

I know vita means "life" but what does Dolce mean?

prettykitty said...

aaaah, the sweet life. my sister lives in italy, yet has never seen this amazing film. and has never even heard of asia or dario argento. sigh. i think i was adopted.

great review!! i don't think marcello mastrioanni or fellini have ever been better.

M-M-M-Mishy said...

Sounds like a good movie, and I'm always up for a good foreign film. My crappy video store doesn't carry a lot of foreign films, but it does have 900 copies of "Hostel". Blech.

I'll look for it the next time I'm in.

ffleur said...

I loved "Three Coins in the Fountain" because it was filmed on location in fabulous Rome. The famous Trevi fountain played a big role. It was filmed in the late 1950's I think, but such beautiful colour and scenery.

GetFlix said...

Ffleur, it's actually black & white, but don't let that deter you!

Kitty, you have a sister in Italy? Does she let you visit?! (Will she let me visit?!)

Mish, they might not carry it, but it's worth looking for!!

ffleur said...

I must have the colorized version because I def remember colour.

prettykitty said...
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prettykitty said...

oops. i am sorta ripped. me and the gals did mimosa sunday. i meant to say, permission to link you (question mark). if you don't respond, withinh 45 minutes, i'll do it anyway. joy taught me how. love your blog!

GetFlix said...

Ffleur, maybe you saw it on TNT Classics or something. They're always adding color to the old black and white movies.

Pretty Kitty, mimosa Sundays are cool with me!! Please feel free to link.

jane_austen said...

Ooooh, I haven't seen it yet Getflix, but I will with a bottle of red vino.....fab review my friend, thanks for the heads up! *smooches*
prettykitty, if you need a companion for a trip to Italy, I will go with you!.......I have been twice, but will jump at the chance to go again! :)

prettykitty said...

jane&getflix, we're so there!!!