La Dolce Vita Synopsis
Marcello Mastroianni became a superstar as the sensitive tabloid reporter juggling the affections of several women, while making the rounds of the spirit-destroying nightlife of the Via Veneto.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
One of the cinema's true classics.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Freshly viewed, the movie's melancholy seems to fit uncannily well in the moment we find ourselves now. In the film there are mentions of...
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Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
Films don't get more essential than this.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
A profound film by a legendary director in the greatest period of his career.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In this one masterpiece, Federico Fellini achieved the ideal balance -- between social observation and unconscious imagery, between...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is made with boundless energy. Fellini stood here at the dividing point between the neorealism of his earlier films (like "La...
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The New York Times

A brilliantly graphic estimation of a whole swath of society in sad decay and, eventually, a withering commentary upon the tragedy of the...
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
A brilliantly conceived epic fable.
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The performances are uniformly excellent. Mastroianni is perfect in the key role of the basically good and honest boy who succumbs to the...
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TV Guide

After nearly three hours Fellini's relentlessly enigmatic, non-committal approach leaves you wishing for something more than poignant...
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By smashey411
Aero Theatre had a huge SNAFU with the Fellini documentary that was to have preceded "La Dolce Vita" and they were unable to screen the film. Therefore, having driven a long way to see both films, I...

La Dolce Vita's Beauty

By drhumbert
This stunning restoration of Fellini's film brings out every nuance of the black and white cinematography. And now you're able to see Fellini's humor in the film -- it's not what Pauline Kael...

The bittersweet life

By korbville
Fellini's masterpiece is timeless and cautionary. A tale of a man without a compass, spinning through decadencies while documenting the "sweet life" of Rome for which the film is named....