La Dolce Vita DVD

Federico Fellini's

At last!  It's here:  Indisputably one of the greatest films of all time, the film that captured a fleeting moment in time and yet defined not only an era but a state of mind, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita is now available on DVD.  This is the film that pinpointed once and for all the transformation that movies -- Hollywood movies initially, but all of cinema ultimately -- have wrought upon the human soul.  We are now all actors in a film, we view are own lives as cinematic spectacles to fulfilled, we are all dying to live la dolce vita.

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- Available for the first time on DVD -



This September, Koch Lorber Films proudly presents the DVD release of Federico Fellini’s enduring classic, La Dolce Vita. Hailed as “one of the all-time classics of European Cinema” by the New York Times, La Dolce Vita was the recipient of the Palme D’or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1960. In 1961, the film received the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black and White and was awarded the Best Foreign Language Film from New York Film Critics Circle.

This special 2-disc collector’s edition is loaded with over an hour of bonus features which include “Fellini TV” - a collection of rare Fellini shorts; audio commentary by noted critic and documentary filmmaker Richard Schickel; an extensive photo gallery; an interview with Fellini; restoration demo; biographies; filmographies and “Cinecitta the House of Fellini” – a musical montage of Fellini’s beloved studio. Also included is an 8-page collector’s booklet with rare and hard to find photos from the theatrical set photographer and liner notes by film historian Dennis Bartok. Another exceptional bonus feature is “Remembering the Sweet Life,” a special excerpt featuring interviews with Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg - the blonde beauty who played Sylvia, and whose frolic in the Trevi fountain will go down as one of the most indelible images in cinematic history. Digitally remastered, presented in 16 x 9, and enhanced for widescreen with restored sound in mono, stereo and 5.1 surround, the DVD features the complete, full-length version with an introduction by Academy Award® nominated writer and director Alexander Payne.

Fellini’s engrossing social commentary, La Dolce Vita, stands as his timeless masterpiece. A rich, detailed panorama of Rome’s modern decadence and sophisticated immorality, the film features Marcello Mastroianni in an extraordinary performance as Marcello Rubini, a tabloid reporter who is seduced by the indulgences of the “Sweet Life.” Rounding out this extraordinary cast are acclaimed French actress Anouk Aimée and Anita Ekberg, unforgettable as Sylvia.

From the opening shot of the statue of Christ being lifted by helicopter over Rome, to its inspired finale which takes place on the beach at dawn, La Dolce Vita has lived on to become one of the most revered films of the modern age. The Los Angeles Times called it “truly unforgettable,” and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times raved, “…Fellini and Marcello had taken a moment of discovery and made it immortal.” The film is also notable for its introduction of the term “paparazzi” to the language, derived from the name of Marcello’s photographer friend, “Paparazzo.”

One of the most visionary figures to emerge from the fertile motion picture community of postwar-era Italy, Federico Fellini brought a new level of autobiographical intensity to his craft; more than any other filmmaker of his time, he transformed the realities of his life into the surrealism of his art. Fellini enjoyed a long and creative collaboration with Marcello Mastroianni. Having starred in La Dolce Vita, he again held the starring role in Fellini’s 1962 critically acclaimed “8 1/2”, the story of a filmmaker attempting to mount a movie which remains unmade. During the course of his legendary career, Fellini’s films won five Academy Awards and garnered an extraordinary 26 nominations. In 1992, he received an Academy Award for “Lifetime Achievement.” At the peak of Fellini’s career, his work reflected a style so distinctively poetic, flamboyant, and influential that only the term “Felliniesque” could accurately describe it.

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