La Dolce Vita

Federico Fellini, 1960, Italy, 35mm, 2hrs 54mins

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Penn Cinema & Media Studies and Center for Italian Studies present Federico Fellini's masterpiece in its 35mm totalscope original format! The film will be introduced by Peter Lesnik, PhD candidate in Italian and Cinema & Media Studies.

The biggest hit from the most popular Italian filmmaker of all time, La dolce vita rocketed Federico Fellini to international mainstream success—ironically, by offering a damning critique of the culture of stardom. A look at the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome’s rich and glamorous, the film follows a notorious celebrity journalist (a sublimely cool Marcello Mastroianni) during a hectic week spent on the peripheries of the spotlight. This mordant picture was an incisive commentary on the deepening decadence of contemporary Europe, and it provided a prescient glimpse of just how gossip- and fame-obsessed our society would become.