La Dolce Vita (1960)

Director : Federico Fellini

Stars : Anita Ekberg (Sylvia), Marcello Mastroianni (Marcello)

Genre : Drama

Entertainment : ❤ ❤ ❤

La Dolce Vita is a classic worth seeing.

The audience follows the story of Marcello, an Italian paparazzo journalist. The whole movie is a succession of -often dispiriting- chapters in his life. The culprits? Drugs, deception, fear, death… and the silence of God in a world of misery. The miracle of the Virgin Mary was one of the most thought-provoking and shocking scenes I’d ever witnessed. The famous episode involving the Swedish-American star Sylvia was surprisingly short, but nonetheless full of beauty and originality. This enchanting and innocent character was like a beam of light in the dark, corrupted world depicted by Fellini.


Style : ★ ★ ★ ★

La Dolce Vita was the first movie I’d ever watched from Fellini.

One of the first things that made this movie stand out was the costumes and the makeup. Mastroianni, dressed in a tuxedo with a thin line drawn along his sharp eyes, went hand in hand with Ekberg. Her dress was designed to perfection: simple, yet elegant; the velvet fabric highlighted her curves and made great contrast with her glowing complexion. All the other female characters, coiffed with a short and curly hairstyle, were ingeniously dressed in the same fashion in order to make Ekberg stand out. Brilliant.

Furthermore, the actors delivered a poignant performance; violent and delicate scenes alike. Their acting was amplified by a memorable soundtrack, sometimes cleverly used for transitions from a scene to another. I only wish I could’ve heard more of it!

The movie also offered several remarkable shots that only deepened my admiration for the creators of this classic.

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