Sunday, October 26, 2014

DVD & Blu-Ray: LA DOLCE VITA (1960) Criterion Collection


Product Description: Filmmaker Frederico Fellini wrote an directed this film, a dark and sometimes humorous account of the grand ennui and excesses of Rome's idle rich. The opening scene shows a helicopter carrying a large statue of Jesus over the city. Local gossip reporter Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mostroianni) follows in a second helicopter in hopes of a story. He meets a wealthy heiress and the two engage in a menage a trois with a prostitute. He returns home to find his regular mistress has overdosed on sleeping pills. After she is out of danger in a local hospital, he proceeds to the airport to meet Hollywood sex kitten Sylvia (Anita Ekberg). The two take a tour of Rome before Marcello is attacked by the woman's husband. Marcello leaves the city to report on two children who have allegedly envisioned the Virgin Mary. Marcello's father arrives and scolds his son for his life of hedonism. When the father leaves, the son goes to a seaside orgy after discovering his friend has killed himself along with his two children. At this point, the disillusioned reporter is only interested in pleasures of the flesh and parties. At the end of the film, he walks off with friends as a naked woman walks by. The film remains a Fellini classic, allegedly taken from real life characters he has encountered in Rome.

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

Running Time: 174 min

Rating: Not Rated

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Special Features:
  • New visual essay by : : kogonada
  • New interview with filmmaker Lina Wertmüller, who worked as assistant director on the film
  • Scholar David Forgacs discusses the period in Italy’s history when the film was made
  • New interview with Italian film journalist Antonello Sarno about the outlandish fashions seen in the film
  • Audio interview with actor Marcello Mastroianni from the early 1960s, conducted by film historian Gideon Bachmann
  • Felliniana, a presentation of ephemera related to La dolce vita from the collection of Don Young
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Gary Giddins

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