Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Jan 17th at 4:30pm for La Dolce Vita at the Brattle Theatre . Look for Dan wearing a multicolored shirt in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.
“With all of the hubbub surrounding Rob Marshall’s Oscar-baiting musical Nine, based on Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2, we can’t think of a better time to celebrate cinema’s greatest maestro – and it also happens to be the 50th birthday of one of his masterpieces. In LA DOLCE VITA, Fellini’s frequent collaborator Marcello Mastroianni plays a member of the paparazzi – back when that was a cool thing to be. From the first shot of a helicopter carrying a Christ statue over Rome, Fellini fills his film with portentous symbols but he never allows them to take away from the pleasure of watching Marcello track the highs and lows of the stars, playboys, and aristocrats of Rome – getting caught up in the lifestyle most of the time. Fellini’s deft and gorgeous filmmaking brings the life of swinging Rome onto celluloid with exuberance and finesse, and then the music of Nina Rota (who composed most of Fellini’s films) pulls it all together.”