Sunday, December 20, 2009

La dolce vita (1960)

The film is a story of a playboy journalist's week in Rome, and his search for both happiness and love that will never come. [wiki]

Nominated for 4 Oscars: [as a 1961 film]

Best Director: Federico Fellini
Best Original Screenplay
Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (WINNER)

It's always a problem when you feel like criticizing the classics. uuuuhh... Can I say something bad about a film that people think is one of the best ever?! Well: yes. It's not that it's not a special movie; it is!!! La dolce vita is very stylish and sexy and well directed, but... it's also 20-30 minutes too long and it has what i'd call fake substance. As in: no true feelings.
The first hour is a delight, but the last part is redundant and too much of the same thing, which takes away from the originality of it. All the nominations are worthy and, to a certain degree, its fame is well-deserved: cause I guess it depends a lot on the time context and La dolce vita might've really been a door opener for 1960... It's fun in the first half, but I would never adventure seeing the last hour again. The screenplay is good, but not constantly. To my knowledge I've seen just 1 (full) movie of Fellini's before this: and it was the best - La notti di Cabiria. I'll probably try to slowly get familiar with his work (and not just his reputation).
My rating for the film: 7/10. It IS overrated. But everybody needs to see it, at least for Anita's scenes.

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