La Dolce Vita Movie Review Summary

Actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Magali Noël, Alain Cuny, Lex Barker

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LA DOLCE VITA is a movie co-written and directed by Federico Fellini in 1960. The film won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. Four nominations for the Academy Awards.
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The setting is Rome, Italy at the beginning of the economic boom in 1960. The film is a radiography of the high society composed of the old aristocracy, a rich bourgeoisie newly created and intellectuals. Marcello Mastroianni is a journalist of the "People Press", he is the privileged witness of the empty life of these rich people passing their time in parties, orgies and frivolous activities. Engaged to a young girl who dreams only of marriage and ideal love, Marcello prefers his life filled with casual love stories. He'll eventually try to seduce Anita Ekberg, a sensuous swedish actress, more interested in bathing in the fountains of Rome than in making love to him. Note that the word "paparazzi" is born with this movie, one of Marcello's colleagues name being Paparazzo. The movie marks the end of the neo-realist and mystic period of Fellini's career and the beginning of his cinematographical journey into his own fantasies.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   boatload of casual sex without love Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   journalist Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   Italian Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of "the rich"

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   castle    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of dancing

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