La dolce vita
La Dolce Vita (The Good Life) is a 1960 film by Federico Fellini starring Marcello Mastroianni as a journalist who drifts through the world of celebrity, observing it dispassionately from an outsider's perspective.
Often cited as one of the most important films in the pantheon of world cinema, it is a film which steps out of the neorealism of the previous decade and pre-empts the more hedonistic world of the sixties but still with a critical eye.
Marcello (Mastoianni) is a journalist who divides his time between the exotic but ultimately pointless world of the celebrity and tabloid journalism whilst searching for a more meaningful side of life.
A famous film star, Sylvia (Anita Ekberg) arrives in town and for a week Marcello accompanies her on a tour around town where he drifts in the world of decadance and wealth.
The film is at its most basic level a catalogue of incidents through the week but each is coloured by social commentary and a generally disparaging look at frivolous society.
Selected Cast & Crew
- Paparazzo is the name of a news photographer who works with Marcello. The name was taken (in the plural, paparazzi) and used in modern parlance for any intrusive news photographer.
- The original producer, Dino De Laurentis, left the project when Fellini refused to cast Paul Newman in the lead.
Arguably the most famouse scene from the film when Marcello and Sylvia meet in the Trevi Fountain.
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