Simply, the most beautiful movie I have ever seen in my life, and the hope of finding another one which would overtake it is bittersweet. The black & white of the film exalts the white of the shirts, the dark shadows, the emptiness of a new Rome, the blonde hair of purity. A deeply misread movie, and a monument too often mentioned and not enough seen.
This movie is great in all aspects and it shows why Fellini is one of the best director ever. I really appreciate this movie as art and as a vision of life. La Dolce Vita affected me so much emotionally that it might take me a while to watch it again, but touching me like that is surely the sign of a "special" movie.
People who haven't seen it, please keep in mind, you'll feel a little empty inside after watching this. It takes your soul, and punches a hole through it that'll never fully close. In a way, that's tragic, but really, only the best art can do that. Bleak, haunting, unique, and unforgettable, La Dolce Vita is one of the best examples of the power of cinema.
Seeing this movie a second time, eight years older, made it resonate so much more deeply. I love all the scenes, but the one that really gets me is the visit from his dad and the awkward way Marcello tries to ditch his friends. God, have I felt that way before.
I’ve seen this film many times and agree that it is undoubtedly a cinema classic. However, watching it again I found myself wanting the story to be a bit more coherent. I realize that this is akin to asking for more sunny skies in a film noir but there it is.
Beautiful study of isolation and emptiness. Slow at first, and perhaps takes two viewings to fully appreciate, but nevertheless an extraordinarily compelling film. The black-and-white cinematography is gorgeous.
Don't you want to say, "Ah, Marcello" every time you see his face? Fellini crammed a lot of movie into this movie. Lots of plots. I watched it in multiple sittings. Big shout out to Alain Cuny, who is magnificent in 'La corruzione'.