Wednesday, January 13, 2010

La Dolce Vita

"We must get beyond passions, like a great work of art. In such miraculous harmony. We should love each other outside of time... detached."

-A quote from Steiner in La Dolce Vita, by Federico Fellini, 1960. 

Such a powerful movie with more told in-between the lines rather than on the screen.  I find that we are all "Marcellos" in this world- trying to find our happiness within something or someone, never fully satisfied with what we have and can do.  More more and more. It speaks of our fight with our morals and society's ever present opinion and weight of her cruel judgement.  I think that La Dolce Vita tells more on the human condition then any great story.  More than Fitzgerald's Gatsby or Dreiser's American Tragedy.  So dark but true. 

And beyond that, La Dolce Vita is a brilliant show of light and portraiture.  Watch it.  Then watch it again but this time stop and pause the movie at ANY establishing scene.  Fellini is brilliant, he'll always be!  His use of light, movement, angle and arch are so far superior that the viewer is set within a particular mood and feeling without ever knowing it.  You are instantly drawn in and held captive by Fellini's beauty.  There is so much emotion in each "portrait" shown.

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