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12,047 Ratings

La dolce vita

Directed by Federico Fellini
Italy, France, 1960
Drama, Comedy


Marcello Rubini is a playboy paparazzo who gallivants around the vibrant city of Rome. While Marcello contends with the overdose taken by his girlfriend, Emma, he also pursues heiress Maddalena and movie star Sylvia, embracing a carefree approach to living.

Our take

One of the most renowned masterpieces in all of cinema, La dolce vita stands beside Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 as an immortal work of art. It’s a rousing yet sobering look at living the sweet life in ’60s Rome, as a culture of celebrity and glamour began to eat away at one founded on faith.

La dolce vita Directed by Federico Fellini

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1960 | Winner: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

1962 | Winner: Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

1962 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

All that we think we want, we don’t know and can’t control. The dark circus of life, the visual power. Moral force, savage indictment. Intoxicating on every level.
July 18, 2018
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La Dolce Vita lives forever. Fellini may have set out to explore the outer delirium and inner rot among a subsection of pampered starlets, amoral gossip-hounds, pretentious socialites and funereal aristocrats at the peak of Italy’s Economic Miracle and burgeoning gliteratti culture, but Vita is a universal fable, as universal as Dante’s Inferno.
June 01, 2011
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For every long face in this movie, there are three or four lit up, and usually aimed at Marcello Mastroianni, who is near the height of his seductive prowess. Even when his head is obscured in cigarette smoke and his eyes hidden behind several pairs of sunglasses, you want his Casanova to hurt you. (And he probably will.)
August 20, 2004
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