La Dolce Vita
Director: Federico Fellini Run Time: 174 min. Format: 35mm Rating: NR Release Year: 1960 Language: Italian, English Subtitles
Starring: Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Marcello Mastroianni, Yvonne Furneaux
Part of VICE Presents: The Film Foundation Screening Series at Nitehawk Cinema. A sequence of happenings in the week of a philandering paparazzo in Rome make up La Dolce Vita. Film introduction by Eddy Moretti, Chief Creative Officer at VICE.
From the opening sequence of two helicopters transporting a Christ sculpture over Rome to the very last vision on the beach, Fellini’s La Dolce Vita is a captivating sequence of events revolving around one man, Marcello Rubini. A playboy both confident and unsure, we follow one week of his “sweet” life of bizarre characters such as fading aristocrats, second-rate movie stars, aging playboys and rich women. There are suicidal fiancees, alluring mistresses, and a lecherous father; all of these people affirm the centering around a man who is fruitlessly looking for love and purpose.
La Dolce Vita straddles Fellini’s previous neo-realist films and his future carnivalesque style of filmmaking. Some narratives are straight while others are winding out of control. A comedy-drama, it is expressive in design (those costumes!) and in eccentric characters who wear them. One can never visit Rome without wanting to dive into Trevi Fountain crying, “Marcello! Marcello!” An unforgettable Italian cinematic experience.
*A portion of each ticket sale goes towards The Film Foundation. Tickets also include complimentary drinks from Larceny Bourbon at a pre-party in Nitehawk’s downstairs bar from 8-9pm!
LA DOLCE VITA (1960, d. Federico Fellini)
Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in association with The Film Foundation, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia?Cineteca Nazionale, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux?Pathé, Mediaset?Medusa, Paramount Pictures and Cinecittà Luce. Restoration funding provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation.
Print courtesy of Paramount Pictures and The Film Foundation Conservation Collection at the Academy Film Archive.