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In Person & Previews

Preview: La dolce vita

An era-defining fresco of life among the glitterati in early 1960s Rome.

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Italy-France 1960
Dir Federico Fellini
With Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux
Digital 4K
English subtitles
Certificate 12A
A BFI release

Fellini’s epic La dolce vita stands as a towering achievement of 1960s cinema. Set in Rome during the height of the ‘Hollywood on the Tiber’ era, the episodic narrative follows jaded journalist Marcello Rubini (Mastroianni) on the trail of gossip on VIPs, including Swedish-American film star Sylvia Rank (Ekberg). The film caused a sensation on its initial release, angering censors and polarising opinion among critics and audiences, but is now rightly considered a masterpiece that’s had a profound influence on popular culture. It was La dolce vita, for instance, that coined the term ‘paparazzo’, which came to describe a certain type of relentless celebrity photographer.

Pasquale Iannone, season programmer

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The screening on Sat 4 Jan 17:00 will be introduced by Professor Richard Dyer, Author of BFI Film Classics: La dolce vita, and the screening on Thu 9 Jan 14:00 will be introduced by Giulia Saccogna, BFI Programme and Research.

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