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La Dolce Vita

Year: 1960
Director: Federico Fellini
Writer: Federico Fellini
Cast: Anita Ekberg
An unparalleled classic. The genius work of a cinema master. One of the best films of all time.

All these phrases have probably been used to described this godawful abortion. Due to its status as a masterwork among the latte drinking black turtleneck set and dreadlocked film student sets, I have a feeling you need a masters in film theory to understand it or see any merit it has. Because when you come to ask yourself what the story is actually about, you realise; bloody nothing.

It's some tabloid journalist guy whose girlfriend wants him to settle down but whom he doesn't really appear to like, and a series of episodic chapters in his life - a visit by his father, a night in the glow of a starlet, a backwater café, a couple of kids who've claimed to see the Virgin Mary in a tree.

I'm sure they all mean something. What, I have no idea. I'm hereby chalking Fellini up as one of those 'say you like him to look cool when you have no idea what he's on about' artists. The only good bits are that it's given the English language the word 'paparazzi', and waiting for the Monroe-like Ekberg's tits to fall out of her dress.

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