In Federico Fellini's seminal film LA DOLCE VITA, a three-hour masterpiece that shows one man's descent into "the sweet life" of debauchery, Marcello Mastroianni stars as eccentric journalist Marcello Rubini. On assignment to chronicle the lives of the rich and famous Italian aristocracy in a gossip column for a Roman newspaper, Marcello floats from one fabulous party to the next, meeting all varieties of beautiful, extravagant people. While he would never protest this seemingly ideal job, it makes him feel lonely and empty, and he stays up drinking and dancing night after night only to wake up each morning unbalanced and unfocused. The film follows Marcello's ups and downs in an episodic pattern in which each evening is a new story, a new adventure, a new dare, a new woman with whom to fall helplessly in love--but only for that night. Each morning the slate is wiped clean, and Fellini resets Marcello's score to zero. Sprinkled with religious images and gestures at salvation, LA DOLCE VITA is supreme in the beauty of its all-encompassing symbolism that is expressed through lavish sets, an alluring script, overemphasized physical movements, roller-coaster jazz music, and helpless emotions.
Note: Disc Box Note: This release contains 162 minutes of Bonus Material. Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: 2.0 Mono - Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 - Italian Stereo 2.0 - Italian Subtitles - English Subtitles - Spanish Disc 1: LA DOLCE VITA Additional Release Material: Introduction: Alexander Payne - Acclaimed Film Director Audio Commentary: Richard Schickel - Film Historian/Film Critic Disc 2: Bonus Material Additional Release Material: Music Video: CINECITTA: THE HOUSE OF FELLINI - Musical Montage of Fellini's Beloved Studio Interviews: 1. Marcello Mastroianni - Actor/Anita Eckberg - Actor 2. FELLINI, ROMA AND CINECITTA - Interview with Fellini Featurette: 1. Restoration Demo 2. Fellini Shorts Text/Photo Galleries: Photo Galleries Biographies Filmographies Disc 3: Bonus Features Additional Release Material: Interviews: Anita Eckberg (2004) Documentary: Nono Rota - Composer on LA DOLCE VITA Featurette: 1. Marcello Mastroianni - Star (Speaking About LA DOLCE VITA On French Television (1960) 2. Discussion with Fellini's Closest Friend and Colleague Rinaldo Gelend on LA DOLCE VITA Themes 3. Footage with the Last Surviving LA DOLCE VITA Screenwriter - Tullio Pinelli Additional Products: 11x7 Collectable Poster 40 Page Collector's Book with Essay by Italian Cinema and Fellini Expert, Peter Bondanella Collectible 5x7 Photographs
Winner, 1961 Academy Awards: Best Costume Design (b&w)