in about 100 words or less
Italy 174m, B&W
Director: Federico Fellini; Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux, Magali Noël, Alain Cuny, Nadia Gray
La Dolce Vita is a fascinating and challenging film about a stylish tabloid journalist whose day-to-day life is exposed in a voyeuristic journey over the course of seven days and seven nights. Set in Rome, Marcello searches for the “sweet life” which is promised by the burgeoning economy of post-war Italy. Endlessly interpretable, Marcello’s encounters with the rich and famous may be enviable, but he is, nevertheless, living life unsatisfied as he searches in vain for his place in this new society. Once considered blasphemous by the Catholic Church, which lacked both an understanding and a sense of humor, La Dolce Vita is widely considered a masterpiece of 20th century European cinema (Klaus Ming December 2015).