La Dolce Vita (1960)

 

 

Director:     Federico Fellini.

Starring:     Marcello Mastroianni (Marcello Rubini), Anita Ekberg (Sylvia), Anouk Aime (Maddalena), Yvonne Furneaux (Emma), Magali Nol (Fanny), Alain Cuny (Steiner), Annibale Ninchi (Il padre di Marcello), Walter Santesso (Paparazzo), Valeria Ciangottini (Paola), Riccardo Garrone (Riccardo), Ida Galli (Debuttante dell'anno), Audrey McDonald (Jane), Polidor (Pagliaccio), Alain Dijon (Frankie Stout), Enzo Cerusico (Fotografo).

Italian Film.

This is a comment on the emptiness of much of the behavior of the fortunate ones in the disillusionment following post-war Italy. 

Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) wants to write something big, something important.  But he can't pull away from the money and position that his job as a lousy tabloid reporter affords him.  He wants true romantic love, but he engages in sex with women other than his own girlfriend.  He is seduced into the same decadence as the high society figures on who he reports.  The title of the Movie, The Sweet Life, is sarcastic because those that have the money and freedom to accomplish great things spend their time and resources on sex, drink, gourmet food, glamorous parties and orgies.  Our hero is wasting his life away spending his time at wild parties every night, while facing a lonely existence the next morning.   The "sweet" life is not really sweet at all.  It is a pattern of addiction to licentious, hedonistic, destructive substances and behaviors. 

 

 


Historical Background:

 

See Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thief) (1949).

 

 

 

 

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