Sweet Life, The

Fellini's epic study of the loss of values at the climax of the Italian "economic miracle", delineates the daily activities of Marcello Rubin, a writer, turned reporter for a sensationalist journal, who is too deeply compromised by the degeneracy around him to see it, never mind report on it. The opening and closing scenes of the film are cleverly matched allusions to Dante who underscore the moral loss and its consequences for Italy, at the very moment when the revival of fascism was beginning to make a difference in the balance of political powers. The moral atmosphere of "La Dolce Vita" reflects that in all of Fellini's films, but the grandeur of its scale, the refusal to resort to a pitiful or loveable protagonist and the accuracy of its caricatures make it one of his most enduring achievements. Its initial success was, however due in great part to the supposedly daring and sensational manner with which it dealt with sexual themes. Actually it was one of the three films to emerge from Italy at the end of the 1950's which heralded a powerful renewal of that national cinema. The others were Michalangelo Antonioni's L'avventura and Luchio Visconti's Rocco e I suoi fratelli, both released in 1960.
Italy
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1960


Script
Brunello Rondi
Ennio Flaiano
Federico Fellini
Tullio Pinelli

Cinematography
Otello Martelli

Editing
Leo Vattozzo

Production
Riama Film

Cast
Adriana Moneta
alan Dijon
Anita Ekberg
anouk Aimee
Lex Barker
Marcello Mastroianni
Walter Santesso
Yvonne Furneaux

Music
Nino Rota

Awards
Cannes 1960; Film Critics Awards New York 1961
Golden Palm

Festivals
3rd Festival on Wheels
BEST OF EUROPE