La Dolce Vita Before London defined the swinging '60s, Rome was the epicenter of a divinely decadent international high life, much of it fueled by Hollywood-financed film shoots.… La Dolce Vita Before London defined the swinging '60s, Rome was the epicenter of a divinely decadent international high life, much of it fueled by Hollywood-financed film shoots.…
DVD Review

La Dolce Vita (2004)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Sep 21, 2004; DVD Release Date: Sep 21, 2004; With: Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni

Before London defined the swinging '60s, Rome was the epicenter of a divinely decadent international high life, much of it fueled by Hollywood-financed film shoots. Nobody captured that milieu better than Federico Fellini in his sour exposé of a gossip reporter (Mastroianni) ground down by hard parties and easy hookups. Is Fellini too much the scold in cataloging such media-age sins as self-absorbed celebs and heartless paparazzi (a term that caught on because of the lead shutterbug's name, Paparazzo)? Maybe. But phooey on anybody who can't appreciate Vita first and foremost as a peerless, protean act of visual choreography.

EXTRAS Richard Schickel sounds as if he's snacking partway through his languid but erudite commentary -- hey, it's a long movie -- while Alexander Payne (Election) offers a love-letter intro.

Originally posted Sep 24, 2004 Published in issue #785 Sep 24, 2004 Order article reprints
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