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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 high society takes him to hedonistic parties and orgies throughout modern day Rome, as days and nights blur into one another. (Landmark Theatres) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. 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)
  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. 100
    A brilliantly conceived epic fable.
  4. A profound film by a legendary director in the greatest period of his career.
  5. One of the cinema's true classics.
  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. 70
    The film was hugely successful and widely praised in its time, though it's really nothing more than the old C.B. De Mille formula of titillation and moralizing--Roman orgies and Christian martyrs--with only a fraction of De Mille's showmanship.

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