Overall Rank: 564
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 93
Theatrical Release Date: 04/19/1961
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Federico Fellini
Actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Alain Cuny, Walter Santesso, Yvonne Furneaux
Plot: A serious journalist finds himself seduced by the decadent lifestyle of the hedonistic jet-setters of Rome, and attempts to make sense of it all. -- MaceeRae
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 09/15/2011
Fellini crafts a story that has more semblance of linear story-telling than most of his past works. It's a snarky and, per usual, creatively visual sendup of the upper crust lifestyle. Feels date for those not familiar with the historical caste system of aristocracy, but still brilliant.
Allison - wrote on 12/22/2007
Fun and entertainging. Anita Ekberg is charming in a fountain.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 11/20/2012
Too fully comprehend and appreciate, one has to follow the lead's dilemma which is plain, finding happiness. A multiple story involving Marcello's evening with the heiress Maddalena (Anouk Aimée), night with the American actress Sylvia (Anita Ekberg), reunion with the affluent/smart Steiner (Alain Cuny), a fake miracle, father's visit/Steiner's Party, the aristocrat's party/Steiner's death and a party at the beach house. It's strength would be the lush locations, screenplay and direction. The best lines: " I think, 'What is in store for my children tomorrow?' 'The world will be wonderful', they say. But from whose viewpoint? If one phone call could announce the end of everything? We need to live in a state of suspended animation like a work of art, in a state of enchantment. We have …
SIngli6 - wrote on 04/05/2011
While the film is aesthetically pleasing, it is also meaningless in its excessiveness and utterly clueless of its stance on the lifestyle it dissects, making it a thematically anemic work. It is the filmic equivalent of a metrosexual male, or voluptuous female. at a party who pretends to be of a more learned disposition to impress others, all the while remaining blissfully ignorant of the sharp looks of condescension that the more recondite attendees of the party give them. So many poseur filmmakers today try to flex their aesthetic muscles with Fellini-esque shots and sets that it is something of a shock to see Fellini himself, the grand Italian master of film, make such an artificial film as this. Perhaps had this been a product of another director I would look upon it more kindly, but …
Jeremy - wrote on 01/19/2011
Fellini's La Dolce Vita is the story of the loss of hope in modern society. Our protagonist, Marcello, is constantly driven to seek happiness by attempting to live vicariously through those around him who appear to be happy. The tragedy of course is that those who he tries to follow example of, turn out to be hiding secret lives of misery, many of which end in terrible tragedy. While it may sound obscenely depressing, Fellini does not drag us down with Marcello, he allows us to examine his flaws as well as those around him. Fellini also adds an occasionally joyous sense of fun and humor to the film, especially through the antics of Anita Ekberg. As the film goes on we come to understand the root of Marcello's problem more and more; perhaps there is no "Dolce Vita". We are slowly …
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