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La Dolce Vita (1960)

La dolce vita (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 19 April 1961 (USA)
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A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marcello Rubini
... Sylvia
... Maddalena (as Anouk Aimee)
... Emma
... Fanny (as Magali Noel)
... Steiner
... Il padre di Marcello
Walter Santesso ... Paparazzo
Valeria Ciangottini ... Paola
Riccardo Garrone ... Riccardo
... Debuttante dell'anno
Audrey McDonald ... Jane
... Pagliaccio
Alain Dijon ... Frankie Stout
Mino Doro ... Amante di Nadia
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Storyline

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 Jeff Lewis

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Comedy | Drama

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Also Known As:

La Dolce Vita  »

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Gross USA:

$19,516,000
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(Western Electric)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Asked how he got the idea for the film, Federico Fellini replied that one year the fashions made the women in Rome look like big flowers. Several extremely exaggerated costumes here and there in the film (such as two women guests' cloaks in the sequence of the party at the castle) point back to this original inspiration. See more »

Goofs

In the Via Veneto scene when Marcello meets his father, the windshield of Marcello's car is missing. You can see his hand holding on to the windshield frame as he exits his car. See more »

Quotes

Laura: [to Marcello] Stay free, available, like me. Never get married. Never choose. Even in love, it's better to be chosen.
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the one film to take with you on a deserted island
28 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've seen this film regularly since 1971. In theatres, on TV, on video, on DVD. It doesn't age. If anybody ever needed proof that Fellini was a genius, this is it. La dolce vita remains the most touching statement about the human condition I ever saw on film. Everybody remembers the magic-realistic image of Anita Ekberg in the Trevi fountain, and a truly amazing image it is. But the film is much more than a slightly surrealistic sketchbook of emotionally empty jet setters. It is more existentialist than any book by Sartre or Camus. The final sequence is simply devastating. We are all Marcello. Since over 30 years this is my number-one film.


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