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  • Summary: One of the most controversial and acclaimed of Federico Fellini's many classics, La Dolce Vita stars Marcello Mastroianni as a third-rate reporter who lives a playboy's life as he pursues a shabby career of scandal mongering. His increasingly amoral interest in the "sweet life" of highOne of the most controversial and acclaimed of Federico Fellini's many classics, La Dolce Vita stars Marcello Mastroianni as a third-rate reporter who lives a playboy's life as he pursues a shabby career of scandal mongering. His increasingly amoral interest in the "sweet life" of high society takes him to hedonistic parties and orgies throughout modern day Rome, as days and nights blur into one another. (Landmark Theatres) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. 100
    Films don't get more essential than this.
  2. 100
    The movie is made with boundless energy. Fellini stood here at the dividing point between the neorealism of his earlier films (like "La Strada") and the carnival visuals of his extravagant later ones ("Juliet of the Spirits," "Amarcord'').
  3. One of the cinema's true classics.
  4. 100
    A brilliantly conceived epic fable.
  5. Reviewed by: Bosley Crowther
    100
    A brilliantly graphic estimation of a whole swath of society in sad decay and, eventually, a withering commentary upon the tragedy of the overcivilized. (Review of Original Release)
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    90
    The performances are uniformly excellent. Mastroianni is perfect in the key role of the basically good and honest boy who succumbs to the sweet life. Ekberg is a revelation as the visiting star, while Furneaux almost runs off with the picture as the reporter's instinctive, possessive mistress. (Review of original release)
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    After nearly three hours Fellini's relentlessly enigmatic, non-committal approach leaves you wishing for something more than poignant imagery and moody, self-obsessed characters. (Review of Original Release)

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