Journey Through Italian Cinema: La Dolce Vita

Phoenix presents a Journey Through Italian Cinema season. This wide-ranging exploration of the roots, context and legacy of Italian neorealism will offer new perspectives on one of the most influential movements in cinema history. We're celebrating one of the most significant post-war developments in cinema with four wonderful films. Federico Fellini’s epic La Dolce Vita charts a week in the life of a tabloid journalist (Marcello Mastroianni) as the excesses of modern Roman life go on around him. Beginning with the startling image of a statue of Christ being transported over the city by helicopter, Fellini’s three-hour panorama of the contemporary Roman ‘good life’ marked a decisive turning point in the director’s career. Leaving behind his small-scale, realism-rooted dramas of the 50s, this episodic story of a tabloid reporter’s comings and goings within the decadent upper reaches of modern Italian society found Fellini moving in a flamboyant new direction. The film’s atmosphere of moral lassitude, together with its then scandalous sexual frankness, created a popular sensation, introducing the world to the word paparazzi. Together with Antonioni’s L’avventura (1960), its modernity of form and subject matter ushered Italian arthouse cinema into the 1960s. The image of Anita Ekberg cavorting in the Trevi fountain is one of the era’s most iconic. “Socially and historically a landmark film, sensing, influencing and ambivalently critiquing the role of media, gossip, hedonism and celebrity in modern culture – but all done with brio, scale and complexity achieved with an astonishing lightness of touch, utterly confident in itself as cinema.” Richard Dyer Italian drama/comedy PT2H54M12A2024-07-14
Marcello Mastroianni
Anita Ekberg
Anouk Aimee
Alain Cuny
Yvonne Furneaux
Magali Noel
Nadia Gray
Lex Barker
Annibale Ninchi
Walter Santesso
Valeria Ciangottini
Audrey McDonald
Alain Dijon
Enzo Ceruscio
Giulio Paradisi
Enzo Doria
Enrico Glori
Giulio Girola
Massimo Bonetti
Laura Betti
Nico Otzak
Mino Doro
Carlo Musto
Jacques Sernas
Federico Fellini
Journey Through Italian Cinema: La Dolce Vita"Journey Through Italian Cinema: La Dolce Vita"


July 14, 1:00 pm

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