La dolce vita

DVD - 2004 - Italian
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
La dolce vita
A journalist ventures into the decadent society of modern Rome and finds that his values are being destroyed, leaving him totally disillusioned.

Publisher: Port Washington, NY : Koch Lorber Films : Distributed by KOCH Vision, c2004
Edition: 2 disc collector's ed. widescreen
ISBN: 1417200227
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign DOLCE
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 174 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in


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Sep 16, 2014
  • PatrickLongworth1969 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I may have watched this before this loan period - it is an interesting film though some scenes perhaps turned me off a bit. A number of special features and a booklet come along with the 2 dvds.

Aug 23, 2013
  • ms_mustard rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

reflective of its time but depressing. beautiful people, flying Jesus and Trevi Fountain scenes that have become iconic and the photographer's name, Paparazzo, that has become generic for the camera swarm. in the search for meaning and mutual pleasure the men get the nod and the women are labeled whores, sluts. shallowness reigns from 'intellectual' gatherings to a rowdy religious crowd's decimation of a 'holy' tree.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Woeful (and scandalous for 1960) Fellini social commentary following the (misogynistic? narcissistic? nihilistic?) protagonist's (Marcello Mastroianni's) empty and fruitless search for meaning and worth. Surrounded by more 'over-privileged' pseudo-intellectual lost souls, and a father figure he realizes he never had... Bleak stuff, man. Bleak. I may be shallow, but I loved the gorgeous vintage (NEW!) convertibles -- Triumph; Cadillac; Corvette; Thunderbird... I wouldn't have minded more screen time for Anita Ekberg, (Miss Sweden 1950), as well. RRROWWWRRR! Otherwise, I must admit I did find this one somewhat tedious and overlong. I prefer his earlier works, e.g. "La Strada", and "Le Notti di Cabiria".

Mar 10, 2012
  • joseph rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good - La Dolce Vita (1960) 172 min. The film follows a journalist within a seven day period as he encounters others searching for anything that would make life meaningful. That search leads the journalist (played by Marcello Mastroianni) to either the self, others or God. In the end, the search represents life itself - we're always searching to our last breath and then... even beyond that. This is not a film for everyone - the film is episodic and may not seem to be going anywhere which is the point of the film - our search leads us to a point and then what? There's always more which is what makes the "Sweet Life". Not my favorite of the Fellini pictures and I stress, not for all tastes...but worth the watch.

Feb 07, 2012
  • alpaca85 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When people talk about the best foreign films of all time, there is a reason that they always mention La Dolce Vita.


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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Steiner: "Sometimes at night, this darkness, this silence weighs on me... Peace frightens me. I'm afraid of peace more than anything else. To me, it seems that it's only an outer shell, and that Hell is hiding behind it. I think of what my children will see tomorrow. "The world will be wonderful", they say. From what point of view? When a phone call can announce the end of the world... One should live outside of passions, beyond emotions... in that harmony you find in completed artworks... in that enchanted order... We should learn to love each other so much, to live outside of time, detached... Detached."


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