Monday, 19 March 2007

March 20th - Fellini's "LA DOLCE VITA"

La Dolce Vita (1960)

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée and Anita Ekberg.

It is no coincidence that the name of the lead character’s colleague, Paparazzo, is now used to denote an overly intrusive photographer. Though the setting is ‘60s Rome, the story still has relevance in our media-saturated age, dealing as it does with themes of cultural decadence, crass sensationalism and the loss of the self. It spans barely a chronological week, yet in that time the protagonist finds his life turned inside out. Marcello Mastroianni plays the lead as a reporter and is surrounded by an array of others, including Anita Ekberg as an actress. La Dolce Vita is widely considered to be the most famous European film of the 1960s.

About the Director: Federico Fellini (b. 1920, d. 1993) is a fixture on every collector’s wish list. Audi regulars will remember the recently screened 8½, but one example from his impressive body of work. La Dolce Vita marks the juncture between his earlier Neo-Realism [as with La Strada (1954)] and his later, ‘artier’ work [as with (1963)].

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