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Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita is getting a Criterion release in the UK

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The biggest hit from the most popular Italian filmmaker of all time, La dolce vita rocketed Federico Fellini (8½) to international mainstream success —ironically, by offering a damning critique of the culture of stardom. A look at the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome’s rich and glamorous, the film follows a notorious celebrity journalist — played by a sublimely cool Marcello Mastroianni (8½) — during a hectic week spent on the peripheries of the spotlight. This mordant picture was an incisive commentary on the deepening decadence of the European 1960s, and it provided a prescient glimpse of just how gossip – and fame-obsessed our society would become.

It will be released on 18th October 2021.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New visual essay by : : kogonada
  • New interview with filmmaker Lina Wertmüller, who worked as assistant director on the film
  • Scholar David Forgacs discusses the period in Italy’s history when the film was made
  • New interview with Italian film journalist Antonello Sarno about the outlandish fashions seen in the film
  • Audio interview with actor Marcello Mastroianni from the early 1960s, conducted by film historian Gideon Bachmann
  • Felliniana, a presentation of ephemera related to La dolce vita from the collection of Don Young
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Gary Giddins

ITALY | 1960 | 174 MINUTES | BLACK & WHITE | 2.35:1 |
ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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