A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.
Journalist and man-about-town Marcello struggles to find his place in the world, torn between the allure of Rome's elite social scene and the stifling domesticity offered by his girlfriend, all the while searching for a way to become a serious writer.Written by
When Marcello and Madalena arrive at the appartment of the prostitute, a long electric cable (light?) can be seen attached to the right rear of the car, moving along untill the car stops. See more »
By 1965 there'll be total depravity. How squalid everything will be.
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In the original American release, distributed by American International Pictures, the titles open with the AIP logo and appear over a shot of the sky with clouds. In the current release on DVD - and as shown on TCM - the title sequence is over a black background. When originally released, censors in several countries trimmed certain scenes, including the orgy near the end of the film. See more »
Frank Capra once said that there are no rules in film-making, only sins, and the cardinal sin is Dullness. And I'm sorry to say that Dullness is something that La Dolce Vita has in spades. The story is uninspiring, the plot non-existent, the characterisation flat and the dialogue is about as profound as a fortune cracker. Maybe something got lost in the translation, maybe I'm low-brow and uncouth, maybe I expect too much. Then again, maybe I just want to be entertained.
I'm sure La Dolce Vita has its adoring fans who would defend this title to the hills and go on about how intelligent it all is, and how my generation has been 'dumbed-down' by Hollywood. But please, let's be honest, it's simply not that good. Watch Cinema Paradiso instead.
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