La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

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A director whose name loomed large over his films, Federico Fellini was one of the great Italian filmmakers in modern cinema. To mark the centenary of Fellini's birth, we will be having a retrospective of his films screening in conjunction with the BFI throughout the 2020 Chichester International Film Festival.

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering Roman paparazzo journalist Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni), who could easily be Fellini’s alter-ego. The film includes the image of Anita Ekberg cavorting in the Trevi fountain, which is one of the era’s most iconic. Beginning with the startling image of a statue of Christ being transported over the city by helicopter, Fellini’s panorama of the contemporary Roman ‘good life’ marked a decisive turning point in the director’s career.

Leaving behind his small-scale, realism-rooted dramas of the 50s, this episodic story of a tabloid reporter’s comings and goings within the decadent upper reaches of modern Italian society found Fellini moving in a flamboyant new direction. The film’s atmosphere of moral lassitude, together with its then scandalous sexual frankness, created a popular sensation, introducing the world to the word paparazzi.