La Dolce Vita (1960)

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Critic Consensus: An epic, breathtakingly stylish cinematic landmark, La Dolce Vita remains riveting in spite of -- or perhaps because of -- its sprawling length.

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In this Federico Fellini film, Marcello Mastrioanni stars as Fellini's alter ego, here depicted as a gossip columnist. Having left his dreary provincial existence behind, Mastrioanni wanders through an ultra-modern, ultra-sophisticated, ultra-decadent Rome. Throughout his adventures, Mastrioanni's dreams, fantasies, nightmares, and fears are mirrored by the hedonism all around him.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
American International Picture

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Cast

Anouk Aimée
as Maddalena
Marcello Mastroianni
as Marcello Rubino
Laura Betti
as Laura
Anita Ekberg
as Sylvia
Harriet Medin
as Sylvia's Secretary
Alain Cuny
as Steiner
Giulio Questi
as Don Giulio
Umberto Orsini
as Man in Sunglasses That Helps Nadia Strip
Jacques Sernas
as Matinee Idol
Nico
as Nicollina
Nadia Gray
as Nadia
Franca Pasut
as Girl Covered with Feathers
Archie Savage
as Negro Dancer
Ida Galli
as Debutante of the Year
Lex Barker
as Robert
Enzo Doria
as Photojournalist
Franco Rossellini
as The Beautiful Horseman
Rina Franchetti
as Their Mother
Maria Teresa Vianello
as Woman at Airport
Alfredo Rizzo
as Television Director
Riccardo Garrone
as Riccardo, the Villa Owner
Adriano Celentano
as Rock 'n' Roll Singer
Sandra Lee
as Spoleto Ballerina
Annibale Ninchi
as Rubino's Father
Walter Santesso
as Paparazzo
Donato Castellaneta
as Press Conference Journalist
Mino Doro
as Nadia's Lover
Enzo Cerusico
as Photojournalist
Gino Marturano
as Their Pimp
Lisa Schneider
as Woman in Miracle Sequence
Enrico Glori
as Nadia's Admirer
Sondra Lee
as Spoleto Ballerina
Angela Wilson
as Woman in Via Veneto
Giacomo Gabrielli
as Maddalena's Father
Mario Conocchia
as Lawyer with Nadia's Bra
Cesarino Miceli Picardi
as Irate Man in Nightclub
Alain Dijon
as Frankie Stout
Harriet White
as Sylvia's Secretary
Giulio Paradisi
as Photojournalist
Leo Coleman
as Negro Dancer
John Francis Lane
as Press Conference Journalist
Leonida Repaci
as Steiner's Other Guest
Vadim Wolkonsky
as Prince Mascalchi
Renee Longanni
as Signora Steiner
Tito Buzzo
as Muscle Man
Carlo Musto
as Transvestite
April Hennessy
as Woman in Via Veneto
Marianna Leibl
as Yvonne's Companion
Tomás Torres
as Gianelli
Tiziano Cortini
as Movie News Cameraman
Renée Longarini
as Signora Steiner
Iris Tree
as Poetess
Noel Sheldon
as Man in Via Veneto
Alan Dijon
as Frankie Stout
Adriana Moneta
as Prostitute
Anna Maria Salerno
as Her Friend
Oscar Ghiglia
as Their Pimp
Gio Staiano
as Effeminate Male
Carlo Di Maggio
as Producer
Aurelio Nardi
as Their Uncle
Gloria Jones
as Gloria
Nico Otzak
as Sophisticated Prostitute
Rosemary Rennel Rodd
as English Medium
Ferdinando Brofferio
as Maddalena's Lover
Loretta Ramaciotti
as Woman in Seance
Giulio Girola
as Police Commissioner
Leontine Van Strein
as Matinee Idol's Girl Friend
Henry Thody
as Press Conference Journalist
Donatella Della Nora
as Press Conference Journalist
Maite Morand
as Press Conference Journalist
Concetta Ragusa
as Press Conference Journalist
Francois Dieudonne
as Press Conference Journalist
Mario Mallarno
as Press Conference Journalist
Nadia Balabine
as Press Conference Journalist
Umberto Felici
as Press Conference Journalist
Maurizio Guelfi
as Press Conference Journalist
Anna Salvatore
as Steiner's Other Guest
Letizia Spadini
as Steiner's Other Guest
Margherita Russo
as Steiner's Other Guest
Winie Vagliani
as Steiner's Other Guest
Desmond O'Grady
as Steiner's Other Guest
Lucia Vasilico
as Young Woman Making Confession at Nadia's Party
Nina Hohenlohe
as Woman at Castle
Maria Mazzanti
as Woman at Airport
I. Campanino
as Man at Nightclub
Giovanna Busetti
as Lying Child of The Miracle
Mario De Grenet
as Man at Castle That Dislikes Dog's Smell
Francisco Lori
as Man in Miracle Sequence
Joan Antequera
as Woman at Castle
Romolo Giordani
as Man at Castle
Princess of Monteroduni
as Lady in White Coat at Castle
Aldo Vasco
as Man in Miracle Sequence
Gloria Hendy
as Woman in Via Veneto
Teresa Tsao
as Woman in Nightclub
Maria Marigliano
as Massamilla
Giulio Citti
as Man at Nightclub
Francesco Consalvo
as Scalise's Assistant
Angela Giavalisco
as Woman at Airport
Ada Passeri
as Woman in Miracle Sequence
Giovanni Querrel
as Man at Nightclub
Massimo Busetti
as Bimbo del miracolo
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Critic Reviews for La Dolce Vita

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (18)

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?

Full Review… | May 1, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Everything has changed, and nothing has changed. How sour it still is.

Full Review… | May 31, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Everyone has a favorite scene.

December 27, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for La Dolce Vita

½

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 the Roman aristocracy and depressing in the way it shows the decadence of a society and of man himself.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Italian Movie about a player that in 1960 must have raised eyebrows, I didnt enjoy it 1 star

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

Essential surrealist film, La Dolce Vita is an early critique to press photography, bourgeois society, special attention to stars and social decadence.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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