I am embarrassed to admit that I had never watched Fellini's classic, La Dolce Vita. When I sat down to finally watch it I was excited to watch what many consider to be one of the cinema's richest experiences.
La Dolce Vita doesn't disappoint. Sure it may not be an easy sell to anyone outside of film school. It's a 3 hour, black and white, Italian subtitled, rambling epic with very little story. Characters drift in and out of the film with little indication of their purpose. Still, La Dolce Vita is magnificent.
If one had to sum up the story, it's about a young man's journey through a night of underground indulgences. Is he searching for escape? Beauty? Meaning? Meaninglessness? We donít get answers. What we get are a series of beautiful images and moments of curious emotion.
Despite all this, La Dolce Vita is a tremendously sad film. There is very little joy in this hedonistic world. There are moments where connections are almost met and there is a painfully beautiful resonance to these vignettes. Still, Fellini doesn't come across as very optimistic.
Treat yourself to this gem. It's the kind of film you will want to discuss afterward and reflect on.