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#369. La Dolce Vita

  • Year: 1960
  • Country: Italy/France
  • Language: Italian/English
  • Production: Pathé, 167m B&W
  • Director: Frederico Fellini
  • Producer: Giuseppe Amato, Angelo Rizzoli
  • Screenplay: Frederico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi
  • Photography: Otello Martelli
  • Music: Nino Rota
  • Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux, Magali Noël
  • Oscar Wins: Best Costume Design
  • Oscar Noms: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction
  • Cannes Film Festival: Golden Palm

Abridged Book Description

An epic about triviality, Frederico Fellini's portrait of a place and time captures perfectly the style and attributes of Rome's fashionable party folk during the summer of 1959, all while condemning them for being such gorgeous parasites. The enduring strength of La Dolce Vita comes from the tension between viciously attacking a world whose excesses are beyond satire and the fascination it can't help but feel for the mad parade of modern decadents... This is a film that paradoxically set as many fashion styles as it set out to demolish, encouraging people to sit about cafés on the Via Veneto in an unironic attempt to emulate the sweet life.