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La Dolce Vita (Fellini) at Cinematheque

From: Bill J.
Sent on: Thursday, October 29, 2009 3:39 PM
La Dolce Vita (Fellini) - Cinemath?

Hi Movie Friends!

I have just posted La Dolce Vita, the fifth film in Cinematheque?s Fellini Film Festival. A total of nine Fellini films are scheduled in November and December.

The complete Cinematheque?s Fellini Film Festival schedule is posted at the end of this message. Those films listed in bold are being considered for scheduling as an Independent Movie Group Event. Restaurant recommendations are welcome.

The after-party will be held at Ristorante La Dolce Vita Since film ends early, we?ll head over to Little Italy?s Ristorante La Dolce Vita , 12112 Mayfield Road,[masked], for discussion, drinks and perhaps dinner.

Owner Terry Tarantino has promised a special treat for Indie Meet Up members attending the after-party at Ristorante La Dolce Vita . You may select a complementary appetizer or a wonderful desert from the menu with each entr?e purchased. This is a Members Only! benefit.

That offer has also been extended to Independent Movie Group members attending any of the festival films and will also be honored at Terry?s Bistro La Strada on Fourth Street downtown. Simply bring your ticket stub and a printout of the Independent Movie Group home page to either establishment for the special benefit. This is restricted to Members of the Indie Movie Group Only!

I am inviting the Italian Language MeetUp group to join us so hopefully we?ll have some new members with unique perspectives on the film. This film is in Italian, French and German! with subtitles

Oh, and don?t forget the opening film - Fellini?s Casanova - showing this Sunday, November 1st at 6:30 p.m. with a relaxing before-film 4 p.m. party at Nighttown on Cedar Hill.

See you at the movies! Bill

La Dolce Vita (1960)
(La Douceur de Vivre, The Sweet Life)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: Federico Fellini
Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimee, and Yvonne Furneaux
Italy, Running Time: 180 Minutes ? 3 hours
In Italian, French & German with Subtitles, Black & White
High Historical Importance

Sunday, November 15th at 3 p.m. at Cinematheque

La Dolce Vita (Italian for "The Sweet Life") is a 1960 film by the critically acclaimed director Federico Fellini. The film is a story of a passive journalist's week in Rome, and his search for both happiness and love that will never come. Cited as the film that signals the split between Fellini's earlier neo-realist films and his later art films, it is considered as one of the great achievements in world cinema. It scores a 98 percent on the infamous Tomatometer.

Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni) is a journalist in Rome in the 1950s covering tabloid news: movie stars, religious visions and the decadent aristocracy. The film covers seven days of Marcello's life. Marcello lives with Emma (Yvonne Furneaux), a woman who loves him. Marcello resists her possessive, motherly attitude towards love and her conventional perspective of life, while Emma ignores Marcello's inarticulate search for value and meaning. He encounters numerous women throughout the movie, including Maddalena (Anouk Aim?e), a beautiful, wealthy and jaded lover, and Sylvia (Anita Ekberg), a Swedish-American movie star whom he desires. He reunites with his old friend Steiner (Alain Cuny) and his father.

In the film's opening sequence, a plaster statue of Christ, suspended by cables from a helicopter, flies past the ruins of an ancient Roman aqueduct. The statue is being taken to the Pope at the Vatican. Journalist Marcello and a photographer named Paparazzo (Walter Santesso) follow in a second helicopter.

The symbolism of Christ, arms outstretched as if blessing all of Rome as it flies overhead, is soon replaced by the profane lifestyle and neo-modern architecture of the "new" Rome founded on the economic miracle of the late 1950s. (Much of this was actually filmed in Cinecitt? or in EUR, the Mussolini-style area south of Rome.)

Marcello's helicopter is sidetracked by a group of bikini-clad women sunbathing on a rooftop; hovering above, he tries but fails to elicit a phone number from them. He laughingly shrugs off his failure and continues on.

The delivery of the statue is the first of many recurring scenes placing religious icons in the midst of characters demonstrating their "modern" morality influenced by the booming economy and the emerging mass-consumer lifestyle.

Perceived by the Catholic Church as a parody of Christ's second coming, the scene and the entire film were condemned by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano in 1960. Subject to widespread censorship, the film was banned in Spain until 1975 after the death of Franco.

Here is the complete Cinematheque?s Fellini Film Festival schedule. Those films posted in bold are being considered for a formal Meet Up event. You will note that the final film listed is Nine at the Cedar ?Lee. This is a Fellini-inspired film written in part by the master. It is essentially an expanded and contemporary version of 8?, a fitting conclusion to the Festival.

Sunday 11/1 6:30 PM FELLINI?S CASANOVA ? Nighttown

Monday 11/2 7:00 PM FELLINI?S CASANOVA

Thursday 11/5 8:20 PM I VITELLONI

Saturday 11/7 5:30 PM I VITELLONI - Ristorante Etna

Sunday 11/8 3:30 PM LA STRADA ? Bistro La Strada

Friday 11/13 9:10 PM THE NIGHTS OF CABIRIA

Saturday 11/14 5:15 PM THE NIGHTS OF CABIRIA

Sunday 11/15 3 PM LA DOLCE VITA ? Ristorante La Dolce Vita

Saturday 11/21 7 PM 8? -

Sunday 11/22 8:15 PM 8?

Sunday 11/29 3:30 P M JULIET OF THE SPIRITS

Monday 11/30 8:30 PM JULIET OF THE SPIRITS

Saturday 12/5 9:20 PM FELLINI SATYRICON


Saturday 12/12 9:25 PM FELLINI?S ROMA

Sunday 12/13 6:30 PM FELLINI?S ROMA -

Tentative depending on confirmed scheduling:

Sunday 12/27 7 p.m. NINE @ Cedar-Lee -

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