Celebrating the centenary of maestro Federico Fellini, we release La Dolce Vita – one of the most important and influential films in history. Decadent Italy of the 1960s, the unflappable Marcello Mastroianni, the charming music by Nino Rota – all this can be seen in Belarusian cinemas for the first time. Fellini’s highest grossing film will be shown from 5 to 18 March at the Falcon Club Cinema Boutique in Italian language with Russian subtitles and in 4K.

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Journalist Marcello is immersed in a sweet, depraved life of the Eternal City. He can be compared with Virgil, going through all the circles of modern hell and watching the “divine comedy” of Rome in the late 50s. Women come and go like shadows, without stirring his emotions. Even the American film star Sylvia, the embodiment of sexuality and vice, does not startle him out of his state of absolute indifference to everything. A sudden suicide of his friend Steiner, who came to the conclusion that such life has no sense, leads Marcello to a catharsis…

In Italy the drama La Dolce Vita caused a scandal and religious persecution, and was banned for a while. La Dolce Vita is the culmination of Fellini’s early works and the beginning of the director’s collaboration with actor Marcello Mastroianni. The drama also earned the Palme d’Or at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival, the Oscar for Best Costume Design and three nominations for directing, script and set design.

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Federico Fellini is a unique director with a rich artistic heritage that continues to influence filmmakers and viewers around the world. The great experimenter and researcher of human passions combined his signature carnival style, flights of imagination and aching sincerity.

This three-hour panorama of life in Rome is not only the universally recognized climax of Fellini’s work, but also a milestone in the history of world art. The director showed post-war changes in Italian and European society, combining the atmosphere of moral apathy and sexual frankness, biting irony and surrealistic images.

The main roles in the film were played by Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimée. For the main role in La Dolce Vita, the director needed a generalized image of the Roman intellectual, without any characteristic features. At the first meeting with Mastroianni, he said: “I need you because you have a common, unremarkable face.”

Future stars Adriano Celentano and Nico played episodic roles in the picture. The music for the film was written by the famous Nino Rota.

One of the most popular Italian films – The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino – is a kind of remake of Federico Fellini’s picture. After the release of La Dolce Vita the word “paparazzi” came into use, because Marcelo Mastroianni’s character was constantly pursued by a young photographer named Paparazzo.