La dolce vita

1960, Drama, 2h 55m

73 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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An epic, breathtakingly stylish cinematic landmark, La Dolce Vita remains riveting in spite of -- or perhaps because of -- its sprawling length. Read critic reviews

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In Federico Fellini's lauded Italian film, restless reporter Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) drifts through life in Rome. While Marcello contends with the overdose taken by his girlfriend, Emma (Yvonne Furneaux), he also pursues heiress Maddalena (Anouk Aimée) and movie star Sylvia (Anita Ekberg), embracing a carefree approach to living. Despite his hedonistic attitude, Marcello does have moments of quiet reflection, resulting in an intriguing cinematic character study.

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Critic Reviews for La dolce vita

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  • [La Dolce Vita] propelled Fellini into the front rank of international directors.

    June 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The western cinema has needed for a long time its own kind of healthy puritanism to counter that from the east - notably Poland - and with directors like Fellini and Karel Reisz it now seems that it is getting it.

    April 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Fellini admits to having a confused sense of values, to being as uncertain as a child. Why then does he try to make realist films? It's a great pity; for if La Dolce Vita had beenless grandiose and more private and personal it might have worked.

    February 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It is a brilliant film, but there is nothing sweet about it.

    January 3, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • This film defined a decade before the decade arrived.

    December 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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?

    May 1, 2013 | Full Review…
  • [La Dolce Vita] propelled Fellini into the front rank of international directors.

    June 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The western cinema has needed for a long time its own kind of healthy puritanism to counter that from the east - notably Poland - and with directors like Fellini and Karel Reisz it now seems that it is getting it.

    April 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Fellini admits to having a confused sense of values, to being as uncertain as a child. Why then does he try to make realist films? It's a great pity; for if La Dolce Vita had beenless grandiose and more private and personal it might have worked.

    February 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It is a brilliant film, but there is nothing sweet about it.

    January 3, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is hard to capture the simultaneous enormity and intimacy of the film. It's one you can keep going back to, because you'll keep finding more.

    March 30, 2021 | Full Review…
  • This is a breathtaking film that never gets less mysterious or less compelling, each corner of Marcello's mind a little more broken than the last.

    December 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for La dolce vita

  • Mar 21, 2015
    Told in a brilliant episodic structure, this fascinating character study is the truest definition of Felliniesque: an exceptional film that is magical in its fanciful depiction of glamour in Roman aristocracy and depressing in the way it shows the decadence of a society and of man himself.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2013
    Another wonderful collaboration between Fellini and Mastroianni. Once again a slice of life of Rome in the 50s. One does not even notice the significant run time.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2013
    Italian Movie about a player that in 1960 must have raised eyebrows, I didnt enjoy it 1 star
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2012
    Essential surrealist film, La Dolce Vita is an early critique to press photography, bourgeois society, special attention to stars and social decadence.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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