Wednesday, June 8, 2011

La Dolce Vita (1961)

Notes: 6/8/11
Grotesque fun house of people.
Fellini offers little innocence in his vision of Rome.
One of those movies that you can't take your eyes off of.
Hypnotic and slightly nauseating visuals and characters.
Marcello Mastroianni is perfect.
Anita Ekberg is the best part of the film as Sylvia.
Anouk Aimee is beautiful as Maddalena..
Paparazzi. Like swarming vultures.

Review: A-
Decadently grotesque film from Italian maestro Federico Fellini offers us a hynotic and slightly nauseating view of Rome through the eyes of Marcelo, a journalist played by the magnetic Marcello Mastroianni. Fellini paints Rome in a lurid, passionate light, peppering it with strangely ponderous characters searching for fulfillment. Mastroianni's episodic encounters take him from a helicopter carrying a statue of Christ, to the Trevi Fountain with a buxom, brilliant Anita Ekberg, to a beach house of depravity, to who knows where else. Marcelo appears to be looking for a sense of purpose; perhaps something sweet as the title suggests. Unforgettable images, philosophical dialogue, and the dizzying style of Fellini make this a film to admire.

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