La Dolce Vita (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

La Dolce Vita (1960)



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

Movie Info

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 Hollywood sex kitten Sylvia (Anita Ekberg). The two take a tour of Rome before Marcello is attacked by the woman's husband. Marcello leaves the city to report on two children who have allegedly envisioned the Virgin Mary. Marcello's father arrives and scolds his son for his life of hedonism. When the father leaves, the son goes to a seaside orgy after discovering his friend has killed himself along with his two children. At this point, the disillusioned reporter is only interested in pleasures of the flesh and parties. At the end of the film, he walks off with friends as a naked woman walks by. The film remains a Fellini classic, allegedly taken from real life characters he has encountered in Rome.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Brunello Rondi, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 2004
American International Picture


Marcello Mastroianni
as Marcello Rubino
Anouk Aimée
as Maddalena
Alain Cuny
as Steiner
Annibale Ninchi
as Rubino's Father
Lex Barker
as Robert
Renee Longanni
as Signora Steiner
Jacques Sernas
as Matinee Idol
Walter Santesso
as Paparazzo
Alan Dijon
as Frankie Stout
Renée Longarini
as Signora Steiner
Alain Dijon
as Frankie Stout
Giulio Questi
as Don Giulio
Cesarino Miceli Pica...
as Irate Man in Nightcl...
Adriana Moneta
as Prostitute
Oscar Ghiglia
as Their Pimp
Sandra Lee
as Spoleto Ballerina
Gino Marturano
as Their Pimp
Harriet White
as Sylvia's Secretary
Gio Staiano
as Effeminate Male
Adriano Celentano
as Rock 'n' Roll Singer
Archie Savage
as Negro Dancer
Giacomo Gabrielli
as Maddalena's Father
Rina Franchetti
as Their Mother
Aurelio Nardi
as Their Uncle
Alfredo Rizzo
as Television Director
Marianna Leibl
as Yvonne's Companion
Iris Tree
as Poetess
Harriet Medin
as Sylvia's Secretary
Nico Otzak
as Sophisticated Prosti...
Vadim Wolkonsky
as Prince Mascalchi
Rosemary Rennel Rodd
as English Medium
Ferdinando Brofferio
as Maddalena's Lover
Ida Galli
as Debutante of the Yea...
Loretta Ramaciotti
as Woman in Seance
Giulio Girola
as Police Commissioner
Mino Doro
as Nadia's Lover
Carlo Musto
as Transvestite
Tito Buzzo
as Muscle Man
Sondra Lee
as Spoleto Ballerina
Leontine Van Strein
as Matinee Idol's Girl ...
Leo Coleman
as Negro Dancer
Riccardo Garrone
as Riccardo, the Villa ...
Franca Pasut
as Girl Covered with Fe...
Prince Eugenio Ruspo...
as Don Eugenio Mascalch...
Enrico Glori
as Nadia's Admirer
Enzo Cerusico
as Photojournalist
Enzo Doria
as Photojournalist
Giulio Paradisi
as Photojournalist
Henry Thody
as Press Conference Jou...
Donatella Della Nora
as Press Conference Jou...
Maite Morand
as Press Conference Jou...
Donato Castellaneta
as Press Conference Jou...
John Francis Lane
as Press Conference Jou...
Concetta Ragusa
as Press Conference Jou...
Francois Dieudonne
as Press Conference Jou...
Mario Mallarno
as Press Conference Jou...
Nadia Balabine
as Press Conference Jou...
Umberto Felici
as Press Conference Jou...
Maurizio Guelfi
as Press Conference Jou...
Leonida Repaci
as Steiner's Other Gues...
Anna Salvatore
as Steiner's Other Gues...
Letizia Spadini
as Steiner's Other Gues...
Margherita Russo
as Steiner's Other Gues...
Winie Vagliani
as Steiner's Other Gues...
Desmond O'Grady
as Steiner's Other Gues...
Mario Conocchia
as Lawyer with Nadia's ...
Umberto Orsini
as Man in Sunglasses Th...
Lucia Vasilico
as Young Woman Making C...
Giovanna Busetti
as Lying Child of The M...
Massimo Busetti
as Bimbo del miracolo
Princess of Monterod...
as Lady in White Coat a...
Francesco Consalvo
as Scalise's Assistant
Maria Teresa Vianell...
as Woman at Airport
Angela Giavalisco
as Woman at Airport
Tiziano Cortini
as Movie News Cameraman
Maria Mazzanti
as Woman at Airport
Tomás Torres
as Gianelli
Gloria Hendy
as Woman in Via Veneto
Noel Sheldon
as Man in Via Veneto
April Hennessy
as Woman in Via Veneto
Angela Wilson
as Woman in Via Veneto
Giovanni Querrel
as Man at Nightclub
I. Campanino
as Man at Nightclub
Teresa Tsao
as Woman in Nightclub
Giulio Citti
as Man at Nightclub
Lisa Schneider
as Woman in Miracle Seq...
Aldo Vasco
as Man in Miracle Seque...
Francisco Lori
as Man in Miracle Seque...
Romolo Giordani
as Man at Castle
Ada Passeri
as Woman in Miracle Seq...
Nina Hohenlohe
as Woman at Castle
Maria Marigliano
as Massamilla
Mario De Grenet
as Man at Castle That D...
Franco Rossellini
as The Beautiful Horsem...
Joan Antequera
as Woman at Castle
as Nicollina
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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… | June 1, 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
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 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Everyone has a favorite scene.

December 27, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for La Dolce Vita


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

Super Reviewer

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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


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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