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La Dolce Vita (movie)

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Director: Federico Fellini
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1960
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about La Dolce Vita (movie)

Beautiful Black and White

  • May 12, 2010
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Watching this film again after many years, I was struck by just how physically beautiful it is.  Otello Martelli's black and white cinematography is delicious.  His framing is delicious too.  I could just put on music and look at the film with sound off for three hous and never get bored.  And the 2-disc collector's edition DVD makes it look, not fifty years old, but  crisp and new.  Plus you get Richard Schickel's commentary, if you want it.  I like listening to the guy - he sounds just like Wally Shawn.

Other things that struck - the careful attention to directing minor and even walk-on characters.  Like the blond girl with braids in the so-called 'orgy' scene (has to be the most G-rated orgy on film).  She minces around on little cat steps in the most unforgettable way.  Or Paola - the 'angel girl' at the end - what a face!  She really does look like a Botticelli angel.

I've decided to try try to see everything Fellini ever did. 
Beautiful Black and White

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May 16, 2010
This sounds like my kind of film!  It looks beautiful already from its cover art and name.  I'll have to look it up.  Thanks for sharing! :)
 
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