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Journalist and city-dweller Marcello struggles to find his place in the world, divided between the pull of Rome’s elite social scene and the suffocating domesticity supplied by his fiancée, all while attempting to become a real writer.
Federico Fellini directed and co-wrote the 1960 satirical comedy-drama film La Dolce Vita (“the sweet life” or “the pleasant life”) with Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, and Brunello Rondi. Marcello Mastroianni plays Marcello Rubini, a tabloid journalist who travels around Rome’s “sweet life” for seven days and nights in a hopeless hunt for love and happiness. According to the most prevalent interpretation, the screenplay, written by Fellini and three other screenwriters, is split into a prologue, seven major scenes separated by an intermezzo, and an epilogue. Despite censorship in some parts, La Dolce Vita was a critical and economic triumph when the film was released in Italy on February 5, 1960. It won the Palme d’Or and the Academy Award for Best Costumes at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival. It received three additional Oscar nominations, including Best Director for Federico Fellini and Best Original Screenplay. Its popularity was a watershed event for Italian cinema and European cinema in general, and it has come to be considered an Italian cinema classic and one of the best films of all time.