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Release Date:
19 April 1961 (USA) See more »
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A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marcello Mastroianni ... Marcello Rubini

Anita Ekberg ... Sylvia

Anouk Aimée ... Maddalena (as Anouk Aimee)

Yvonne Furneaux ... Emma

Magali Noël ... Fanny (as Magali Noel)
Alain Cuny ... Steiner
Annibale Ninchi ... Il padre di Marcello
Walter Santesso ... Paparazzo

Lex Barker ... Robert - marito di Sylvia
Jacques Sernas ... Il divo
Nadia Gray ... Nadia
Valeria Ciangottini ... Paola
Riccardo Garrone ... Riccardo
Ida Galli ... Debuttante dell'anno
Audrey McDonald ... Jane (as Audey McDonald)
Polidor ... Pagliaccio
Enrico Glori ... Ammiratore di Nadia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giuseppe Addobbati ... (uncredited)
Conte Brunoro Serego Aligheri ... Young Man with Mink Coat (uncredited)
Federika André ... Tenant in Steiner's House (uncredited)
Armando Annuale ... (uncredited)
Joan Antequera ... Woman at Castle (uncredited)
Juan Antequero ... Spanish Gentleman with Eyepatch at Castle (uncredited)
Gianni Baghino ... (uncredited)
Nadia Balabine ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ignazio Balsamo ... (uncredited)
Remo Benedetti ... (uncredited)
Laura Betti ... Laura (uncredited)
Leonardo Botta ... Doctor (uncredited)
Ida Bracci Dorati ... (uncredited)
Ferdinando Brofferio ... Maddalena's Lover (uncredited)
Giovanna Busetti ... Lying Child of The Miracle (uncredited)
Massimo Busetti ... Bimbo del miracolo (uncredited)
Tito Buzzo ... Muscle Man (uncredited)
Daniela Calvino ... Daniela (uncredited)
Tony Campanino ... Man at Nightclub (uncredited)
Fabrizio Capucci ... Photographer at Press Conference (uncredited)
Donato Castellaneta ... Reporter (uncredited)
Adriano Celentano ... Himself (uncredited)
Enzo Cerusico ... Fotografo (uncredited)
Elisabetta Cini ... Sleeping Duchess (uncredited)
Giulio Citti ... Man at Nightclub (uncredited)
Nani Colombo ... Woman at the Mirror (uncredited)
Mario Conocchia ... Lawyer with Nadia's Bra (uncredited)
Francesco Consalvo ... Scalise's Assistant (uncredited)
Tiziano Cortini ... Movie News Cameraman (uncredited)
Decimo Cristiani ... Young Man That Doesn't Talk (uncredited)
Mario De Grenet ... Man at Castle That Dislikes Dog's Smell (uncredited)
Andrea De Pino ... (uncredited)
Adele De Rossi ... (uncredited)
Donatella Della Nora ... Reporter (uncredited)
Christine Denise ... Woman Eating a Chicken (uncredited)
Katherine Denise ... (uncredited)
Carlo Di Maggio ... Toto Scalise (uncredited)
François Dieudonné ... Reporter (uncredited)
Alain Dijon ... Frankie Stout (uncredited)
Count Ivenda Dobrzensky ... Giovanni (uncredited)
Enzo Doria ... Fotografo (uncredited)
Mino Doro ... Amante di Nadia (uncredited)
Donatella Esparmer ... Lady with the Irritated Man (uncredited)
Paolo Fadda ... Assistant Police Inspector (uncredited)
Umberto Felici ... Reporter (uncredited)

Oretta Fiume ... Lisa (uncredited)
Rina Franchetti ... Mother of the Miracle Children (uncredited)
Giacomo Gabrielli ... Maddalena's Father (uncredited)
Franco Giacobini ... Journalist at the Telephone (uncredited)
Angela Giavalisco ... Woman at Airport (uncredited)
Romolo Giordani ... Man at Castle (uncredited)
Giulio Girola ... Commissario di polizia (uncredited)
Christine Graefeck ... (uncredited)
Lily Granado ... Lucy (uncredited)
Libero Grandi ... (uncredited)
Maurizio Guelfi ... Reporter (uncredited)
Gloria Hendy ... Woman in Via Veneto (uncredited)
April Hennessy ... Woman in Via Veneto (uncredited)
Nina Hohenlohe ... Woman at Castle (uncredited)
Antonio Jacono ... Transvestite (uncredited)
Gloria Jones ... Gloria (uncredited)
Carlo Kechler ... Man with Clock (uncredited)
Else Knorr ... (uncredited)
Paolo Labia ... Servant in Maddalena's Household (uncredited)
John Francis Lane ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sondra Lee ... Ballerina in Spoleto (uncredited)
Marianne Leibl ... Yvonne's Companion in Miracle Sequence (uncredited)
Guglielmo Leoncini ... Scalise's Secretary (uncredited)
Giuliana Lojodice ... Servant at Steiner's House (uncredited)
Renée Longarini ... Miss Steiner (uncredited)
Francisco Lori ... Man in Miracle Sequence (uncredited)
Francesco Luzi ... Radioreporter (uncredited)
Mario Mallarno ... Reporter (uncredited)
Renato Mambor ... A Tall Young Man (uncredited)
Vittorio Manfrino ... Tabarin Director (uncredited)
Maria Marigliano ... Massamilla (uncredited)
Carlo Mariotti ... Male Nurse (uncredited)
Gino Marturano ... Pimp (uncredited)
Maria Mazzanti ... Woman at Airport (uncredited)
Harriet Medin ... Sylvia's Secretary (uncredited)
Marta Melocco ... (uncredited)
Nello Meniconi ... Man on Via Veneto (uncredited)
Alex Messoyedoff ... Priest at the Miracle Site (uncredited)
Gianfranco Mingozzi ... Priest That Lets Steiner Play Organ (uncredited)
Lucia Modigliani ... (uncredited)
Adriana Moneta ... Ninni (uncredited)
Maite Morand ... Reporter (uncredited)
Carlo Musto ... Travestito (uncredited)
Aurelio Nardi ... Uncle of Lying Children of The Miracle (uncredited)
Nico ... Nico / Herself (uncredited)
Desmond O'Grady ... Steiner's Guest (uncredited)
Liana Orfei ... (uncredited)
Umberto Orsini ... Man in Sunglasses That Helps Nadia Strip (uncredited)
Contessa Cristina Paolozzi ... Laughing Girl at Seance (uncredited)
Giulio Paradisi ... Fotografo (uncredited)
Ada Passeri ... Woman in Miracle Sequence (uncredited)
Franca Pasut ... Girl Covered with Feathers (uncredited)
Loretta Pepi ... (uncredited)
Paola Petrini ... (uncredited)
Cesarino Miceli Picardi ... Irate Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Princess Doris Pignatelli ... Lady in White Coat at Castle (uncredited)
Alberto Plebani ... Doctor (uncredited)
Oliviero Prunas ... Oliviero - Son of Prince (uncredited)
Giovanni Querrel ... Man at Nightclub (uncredited)
Giulio Questi ... Don Giulio (uncredited)
Concetta Ragusa ... Reporter (uncredited)
Loretta Ramaciotti ... Woman in Seance (uncredited)
Leonida Repaci ... Steiner's Guest (uncredited)
Alfredo Rizzo ... Television Director (uncredited)
Rosemary Rennel Rodd ... English Medium (uncredited)
Giancarlo Romani ... Policeman (uncredited)
Franco Rossellini ... The Beautiful Horseman (uncredited)
Prince Eugenio Ruspoli di Poggio Suasa ... Don Eugenio Mascalchi (uncredited)
Margherita Russo ... Steiner's Guest (uncredited)
Anna Maria Salerno ... Prostitute's Friend (uncredited)
Anna Salvatore ... Steiner's Guest (uncredited)
Archie Savage ... Negro Dancer (uncredited)
Leopoldo Savona ... Negro Dancer (uncredited)
Lisa Schneider ... Woman in Miracle Sequence (uncredited)
Maria Pia Serafini ... Second Lady with the Irritated Man (uncredited)
Noel Sheldon ... Man in Via Veneto (uncredited)
Isabella Soldani ... (uncredited)
Letizia Spadini ... Steiner's Guest (uncredited)
Giò Stajano ... Pierone (uncredited)
Gino Talamo ... (uncredited)
Sandra Tesi ... Young Girl Living Nearby (uncredited)
Henry Thody ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tomás Torres ... Gianelli (uncredited)
Iris Tree ... Poetess at Steiner's Party (uncredited)
Vando Tress ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Gondrano Trucchi ... Servant at Caracalla's (uncredited)
Teresa Tsao ... Woman in Nightclub (uncredited)
Winie Vagliani ... Steiner's Guest (uncredited)
Leontine Van Strein ... Matinee Idol's Girl Friend (uncredited)
Aldo Vasco ... Man in Miracle Sequence (uncredited)
Lucia Vasilicò ... Young Woman Making Confession at Nadia's Party (uncredited)
Maria Teresa Vianello ... Woman at Airport (uncredited)
Sandy von Normand ... Interpreter at the Press Conference (uncredited)
Antoinette Weynen ... (uncredited)
Angela Wilson ... Woman in Via Veneto (uncredited)
Vadim Wolkowsky ... Prince Mascalchi (uncredited)
Maria Teresa Wolodimeroff ... The Bored Lady (uncredited)
Italo Zingarelli ... Don Giulio (uncredited)

Directed by
Federico Fellini 
Writing credits
Federico Fellini (story) &
Ennio Flaiano (story) &
Tullio Pinelli (story)

Federico Fellini  screenplay &
Ennio Flaiano  screenplay &
Tullio Pinelli  screenplay and
Brunello Rondi  contributing writer

Pier Paolo Pasolini  uncredited

Produced by
Giuseppe Amato .... producer
Franco Magli .... executive producer
Angelo Rizzoli .... producer
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
Cinematography by
Otello Martelli 
Film Editing by
Leo Cattozzo  (as Leo Catozzo)
Production Design by
Piero Gherardi 
Costume Design by
Piero Gherardi 
Makeup Department
Sergio Angeloni .... assistant makeup artist
Otello Fava .... makeup artist
Renata Magnanti .... hair stylist
Production Management
Nello Meniconi .... production manager
Manlio Morelli .... production manager (as Manlio M. Morelli)
Alessandro von Norman .... production supervisor (as Alessandro Von Norman)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominique Delouche .... first assistant director
Guidarino Guidi .... first assistant director
Gianfranco Mingozzi .... second assistant director
Paolo Nuzzi .... first assistant director
Lili Rademakers .... second assistant director (as Lili Veenman)
Giancarlo Romani .... second assistant director
Art Department
Vito Anzalone .... assistant production designer
Giorgio Giovannini .... assistant production designer
Lucia Mirisola .... assistant production designer
Brunello Rondi .... artistic advisor
Italo Tomassi .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Oscar Di Santo .... sound
Agostino Moretti .... sound
Mike Le Mare .... assistant sound editor: English dub (uncredited)
Wally Milner .... English sound recordist (uncredited)
Maurice Rootes .... English dubbing editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ennio Guarnieri .... assistant camera
Arturo Zavattini .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucia Mirisola .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Adriana Olasio .... assistant editor
Vanda Olasio .... assistant editor (as Wanda Olasio)
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... musical director
Armando Trovajoli .... music arranger (as Armando Trovaioli)
Other crew
Mario Basili .... production secretary
Lilla Brignone .... voice dubbing: Anouk Aimée
Osvaldo De Micheli .... production secretary
Mario Di Biase .... production secretary
Clemente Fracassi .... general manager
Gabriella Genta .... voice dubbing: Yvonne Furneaux
Isa Mari .... script supervisor
Romolo Valli .... voice dubbing: Alain Cuny
Gianni Bonagura .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Mario Colli .... voice dubbing: Alfredo Rizzo (uncredited)
Riccardo Cucciolla .... voice dubbing: Francesco Luzi (uncredited)
Nino Dal Fabbro .... voice dubbing: Alex Messoyedolf (uncredited)
Jole Fierro .... voice dubbing: Nadia Gray (uncredited)
Annarosa Garatti .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Carlo Hintermann .... voice dubbing: Giulio Girola (uncredited)
Enzo Liberti .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Achille Millo .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Gianni Musy .... voice dubbing: Walter Santesso (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Alain Dijon (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Concetta Ragusa (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Donato Castellaneta (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Francois Dieudonné (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Gianfranco Mingozzi (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Mario De Grenet (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Mario Mallarno (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Maurizio Guelfi (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Nadia Balbine (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Tiziano Cortini (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Umberto Felici (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi .... voice dubbing: Vadim Wolconsky (uncredited)
Vanna Polverosi .... voice dubbing: Renée Longarini (uncredited)
Bruno Scipioni .... voice dubbing: Nello Meniconi (uncredited)
Massimo Turci .... voice dubbing: Giulio Paradisi (uncredited)
Toni Ucci .... voice dubbing: Enzo Doria (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La dolce vita" - Italy (original title)
"The Sweet Life" - International (English title) (literal English title), USA (literal English title)
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174 min | Germany:177 min (premiere) | Portugal:165 min (re-release) | USA:180 min (premiere)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Hungary:18 | Italy:16+ (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1976) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Spain:(Banned) (1960-1980) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12A (theatrical re-release) (re-rating) (2013) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

It seems that term "paparazzo" was coined by Federico Fellini himself. Paparazzo means "sparrow" in one Italian dialect (in normal usage the Italian for "sparrow" is "passero"). Fellini explained that the photographers hopping and scurrying around celebrities reminded him of sparrows.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The water in the Trevi Fountain continues flowing even after the sound of it has faded away, and only stops when the camera changes view.See more »
Marcello Rubini:You are the first woman on the first day of creation. You are mother, sister, lover, friend, angel, devil, earth, home.See more »
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Referenced in Good Bye Lenin! (2003)See more »
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40 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Seductive but exhausting New Wave epic, 23 July 2009
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

This movie is about a Roman journalist at the crossroads of his life but unable to move forward in any meaningful direction. He is a man trapped in his life of superficiality.

Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita is a very aesthetically beautiful film. The widescreen compositions are often outstanding. The crisp black and white photography is lit to perfection and a joy to behold. One of the factors that makes Italian cinema in general so appealing for me is the gorgeous natural light of that country, allied with the stylish decor and architecture; and in this film these elements are well in abundance. If nothing else, La Dolce Vita is a treat to the eyes. Style over substance is a term that could certainly also be applied to the denizens of LDV's Rome. We are introduced to an array of beautiful but shallow character's; from Marcello Mastroianni's gossip journalist, via Anita Ekberg's international film star or Nico's fashion model, everyone is beautiful on the surface but somewhat dead underneath. And perhaps this is a problem with the film in general; a three hour expose of shallow people is an exhausting experience.

The film is not plot-driven. It's episodic, divided into seven days in the life of a Roman gossip columnist. It's not always obvious what the point of certain events actually is. I found myself spending quite a lot of energy actually trying to actively understand the meaning of Marcello's experiences, and not always successfully I concede. But suffice to say that a very general reading of the film's message would be that it is about the superficiality of celebrity and the emptiness of much of modern urban life. And while a lot of it is still very relevant today – in particular the public's obsession with celebrity – it's not always clear what Fellini is trying to say. It's quite an obtuse film, with a fair amount of symbolic imagery and loaded dialogue. It's certainly serious cinema. Although I often found myself enjoying it most when it was less intellectual and more sensual, such as the wonderful iconic scene where Anita Ekberg takes a dip in the Fontana di Trevi. This justifiably famous sequence is the most purely cinematic moment in La Dolce Vita and, in my opinion, the film could have benefited from more scenes of such striking power punctuated through its three hour running time.

Overall, although I do admire this film, I find it too tiring and drawn out to love. It's very well acted and photographed, it's just a little unengaging and occasionally tedious. That said, it's one to seek out if you are at all interested in 60's New Wave cinema.

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