When: Monday, June 27 – 7 p.m.
Where: Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA [map]
The Coolidge Corner Theatre will present a special screening of Federico Fellini’s gorgeously restored 1960 film “La dolce vita” on Monday, June 27 at 7pm.
Fellini, a key figure of the Italian neo-realist movement, already had seven films to his credit though he was not yet 40 when he charted entirely new territory with this masterpiece. A large-scale and fascinating satire on the decadent “sweet life” of Rome at the moment of profound social transformation, it portrays the city as the epicenter of jet-setting indulgence, moral emptiness, and frenzied media madness.
With La Dolce Vita, Fellini boldly insisted on breaking the bones of traditional narrative only to reset them in an astounding new way. To say that this film is innovative and influential is an understatement. It caused a sensation even before it was released and was a massive box office hit.
Marcello Mastroianni became an international star with this film, playing a journalist who is both witness to and participant in the decadence, debauchery, and desolation of the glittering city. he term ‘paparazzi’ originated in La Dolce Vita, which also features Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimee.
In a statement about the film’s recent restoration, Martin Scorsese, founder and chair of The Film Foundation, writes: “La Dolce Vita was shot by the great cinematographer Otello Martelli in dazzling black and white [Cinema]Scope, in a rich array of tones that seemed to glow and sparkle. It’s difficult to convey exactly how special the look of this picture was at the time. And now, it is again…”
Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with The Film Foundation, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Medusa, Paramount Pictures and Cinecittà Luce. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and Gucci.
Tickets are $9.75 general admission, $7.75 Coolidge members. For more information and advance purchase, visit http://www.coolidge.org/content/la-dolce-vita. Tickets are also available at the Coolidge Corner Theatre box office, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline.