3.5 stars. It robbed "L'Avventura" of the Golden Palm but it is still a touchstone. I enjoy the film but my mind wanders. The high points for me are Ekberg's episode, the sequence with Aimee and having sex in the prostitute's water logged home, the Umbrian Angel and all the night club performances.
One of the movie you just can't merely watch. You must feel it, getting inside of it. This movie tells us about Marcello's life in a week in Rome. How he handle it, how he manage it, and how he will through it. Fellini put us (as an audience) as Marcello. He wants us to see the world in Marcello's eyes or perspective...
A rare victory of style over content. The story - which follows several days of a tabloid journalist as he hob nobs with the rich and famous - is a rambling, incoherent mess. I could not get invested in it or its colorful but remote characters. But it's all filmed with such dazzling verve that I was engrossed throughout. The film is so *alive*, even if its people and events feel inconsequential. As an experience, A-.
i can't believe i rated a fellini movie 3 stars but... yeah. maybe it's because so much of post-fellini cinema draws on LDV's tropes that i find LDV great-not-stellar. it's beautiful, certainly, and the performances are poetic but i'll have to revisit this one.
Not the incredible film I hoped for, at least on first viewing. The fight between journalism and literature is present but hardly the crux of the film. The beautiful portrayal of Rome is slightly tampered by many indoor sets. Nevertheless, it is a great piece of cinema that shows the growing vapidity and eventual hope of postwar Europe with an effortless style.
A profound statement on modern times in an absurd world or a self-indulgent waffle through decadence? La Dolce Vita probably ends up somewhere in the middle. Fellini's prescient vision has been deadened by our very own acceptance of frenzied paparazzi, morbid curiosity & mass sexualisation. There's much to contemplate in La Dolce Vita, but like Antonioni's output there's little cause to invest or care emotionally.
-The most beautiful film ever. Nearly every scene has a picture-perfect moment. -It creates its own atmosphere. I don't know if this is how life felt when it was released in Rome, but it creates a strong feeling which sucks you in and forces you to love it. -A jerk of a main character. You watch it for the feels. -Watch at least twice. May take a few viewings to fully love or appreciate. But I think it's worth it.