La Dolce Vita
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Filmmaker Frederico Fellini wrote an directed this film, a dark and sometimes humorous account of the grand ennui and excesses of Rome's idle rich. The opening scene shows a helicopter carrying a large statue of Jesus over the city. Local gossip reporter Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mostroianni) follows in a second helicopter in hopes of a story. He meets a wealthy heiress and the two engage in a menage a trois with a prostitute. He returns home to find his regular mistress has overdosed on sleeping pills. After she is out of danger in a local hospital, he proceeds to the airport to meet… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fellini has set out to move us with the depravity of contemporary life and has chosen what seems to me a poor method: cataloging sins. Very soon we find ourselves thinking: Is that all?"
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"The film was hugely successful and widely praised in its time, though it's really nothing more than the old C.B. De Mille formula of titillation and moralizing."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A lovely Italian palette that questions if we can settle down to a life of struggle without having first lived life at its best."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"The satire on display is so simultaneously subtle yet blatant that the movie itself is intoxicating."
‑ Cole Smithey, Daily Radar
"It's winsome because of the stylish cinematography, which fills the screen with mind-blowing bizarre visuals."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Everything has changed, and nothing has changed. How sour it still is."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"There are perhaps a couple of party scenes too many, and the peripheral characters can be unconvincing, but the stylish cinematography and Fellini's bizarre, extravagant visuals are absolutely riveting."
‑ , Time Out
"What is happiness within the film's world? Fellini offers no easy answers."
‑ Matthew Connolly, Slant Magazine
"In spite of its thematic ugliness, this is a stunning-looking trawl through the Italian capital, with Ekberg's impromptu paddle in the Trevi fountain still the films enduring image."
‑ Fran Hortop, Film4
"...experienced as a series of bizarre vignettes, a headlong rush into the heady air of Rome's Via Veneta , its swank nightclubs and seedy gigolos, the perfume of fame and the stink of money."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Perhaps many spectators will squirm at the three-hour length of the film or of some of its sequences (though director Federico Fellini cut some 30 minutes from his final print), yet others will never notice they've sat that long."
‑ , Variety
"[An] epic of anomie."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Along with his later 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita is regarded as one of acclaimed Italian director Federico Fellini's best-loved and most influential films. The '60s-set tale of one man's struggle with the so-called "sweet life" stars Marcello Mastroi"
‑ Rick Mele,
"Mágico e inesquecível, representa não apenas um fascinante estudo de personagem, mas também um mergulho dilacerante na fragilidade humana. E Ekberg tornou-se, para sempre, uma das maiores personificações de sensualidade oferecidas pelo Cinema."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Films don't get more essential than this."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
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