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Paul Jensen

LA DOLCE VITA (1960) 5 stars

A Fellini masterpiece. Exuberant and exhilarating. It was both scandalous and thrilling. A smorgasbord of themes reach dizzying heights in this decadent epic dealing with celebrities, paparazzi and debauchery. By the end, he’s sadder but wiser. He feels as bloated as the beached whale. But at least now he understands the shallowness of his lifestyle. The young girl across the river is his lost innocence. Does he change? No, it’s easier to keep up the charade. The most touching scene in the movie for me is when he stares at the back of his father’s head.

 

Genre: Foreign
Director: Federico Fellini