La Dolce Vita (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

La Dolce Vita (1960)



Critic Consensus: An epic, breathtakingly stylish cinematic landmark, La Dolce Vita remains riveting in spite of -- or perhaps because of -- its sprawling length.

Movie Info

In this Federico Fellini film, Marcello Mastrioanni stars as Fellini's alter ego, here depicted as a gossip columnist. Having left his dreary provincial existence behind, Mastrioanni wanders through an ultra-modern, ultra-sophisticated, ultra-decadent Rome. Throughout his adventures, Mastrioanni's dreams, fantasies, nightmares, and fears are mirrored by the hedonism all around him.

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Marcello Mastroianni
as Marcello Rubino
Anouk Aimée
as Maddalena
Alain Cuny
as Steiner
Annibale Ninchi
as Rubino's Father
Lex Barker
as Robert
Jacques Sernas
as Matinee Idol
Renee Longanni
as Signora Steiner
Walter Santesso
as Paparazzo
Alan Dijon
as Frankie Stout
Renée Longarini
as Signora Steiner
Alain Dijon
as Frankie Stout
Giulio Questi
as Don Giulio
Cesarino Miceli Picardi
as Irate Man in Nightclub
Adriana Moneta
as Prostitute
Oscar Ghiglia
as Their Pimp
Gino Marturano
as Their Pimp
Harriet White
as Sylvia's Secretary
Gio Staiano
as Effeminate Male
Adriano Celentano
as Rock 'n' Roll Singer
Archie Savage
as Negro Dancer
Giacomo Gabrielli
as Maddalena's Father
Rina Franchetti
as Their Mother
Aurelio Nardi
as Their Uncle
Alfredo Rizzo
as Television Director
Marianna Leibl
as Yvonne's Companion
Iris Tree
as Poetess
Harriet Medin
as Sylvia's Secretary
Nico Otzak
as Sophisticated Prostitute
Vadim Wolkonsky
as Prince Mascalchi
Rosemary Rennel Rodd
as English Medium
Ferdinando Brofferio
as Maddalena's Lover
Ida Galli
as Debutante of the Year
Loretta Ramaciotti
as Woman in Seance
Giulio Girola
as Police Commissioner
Mino Doro
as Nadia's Lover
Carlo Musto
as Transvestite
Tito Buzzo
as Muscle Man
Sondra Lee
as Spoleto Ballerina
Leontine Van Strein
as Matinee Idol's Girl Friend
Leo Coleman
as Negro Dancer
Riccardo Garrone
as Riccardo, the Villa Owner
as Nicollina
Franca Pasut
as Girl Covered with Feathers
Enrico Glori
as Nadia's Admirer
Enzo Cerusico
as Photojournalist
Enzo Doria
as Photojournalist
Giulio Paradisi
as Photojournalist
Henry Thody
as Press Conference Journalist
Donatella Della Nora
as Press Conference Journalist
Maite Morand
as Press Conference Journalist
Donato Castellaneta
as Press Conference Journalist
John Francis Lane
as Press Conference Journalist
Concetta Ragusa
as Press Conference Journalist
Francois Dieudonne
as Press Conference Journalist
Mario Mallarno
as Press Conference Journalist
Nadia Balabine
as Press Conference Journalist
Umberto Felici
as Press Conference Journalist
Maurizio Guelfi
as Press Conference Journalist
Leonida Repaci
as Steiner's Other Guest
Anna Salvatore
as Steiner's Other Guest
Letizia Spadini
as Steiner's Other Guest
Margherita Russo
as Steiner's Other Guest
Winie Vagliani
as Steiner's Other Guest
Desmond O'Grady
as Steiner's Other Guest
Mario Conocchia
as Lawyer with Nadia's Bra
Umberto Orsini
as Man in Sunglasses That Helps Nadia Strip
Lucia Vasilico
as Young Woman Making Confession at Nadia's Party
Giovanna Busetti
as Lying Child of The Miracle
Massimo Busetti
as Bimbo del miracolo
Princess of Monteroduni
as Lady in White Coat at Castle
Francesco Consalvo
as Scalise's Assistant
Maria Teresa Vianello
as Woman at Airport
Angela Giavalisco
as Woman at Airport
Tiziano Cortini
as Movie News Cameraman
Maria Mazzanti
as Woman at Airport
Tomás Torres
as Gianelli
Gloria Hendy
as Woman in Via Veneto
Noel Sheldon
as Man in Via Veneto
April Hennessy
as Woman in Via Veneto
Angela Wilson
as Woman in Via Veneto
Giovanni Querrel
as Man at Nightclub
I. Campanino
as Man at Nightclub
Teresa Tsao
as Woman in Nightclub
Giulio Citti
as Man at Nightclub
Lisa Schneider
as Woman in Miracle Sequence
Aldo Vasco
as Man in Miracle Sequence
Francisco Lori
as Man in Miracle Sequence
Romolo Giordani
as Man at Castle
Ada Passeri
as Woman in Miracle Sequence
Nina Hohenlohe
as Woman at Castle
Maria Marigliano
as Massamilla
Mario De Grenet
as Man at Castle That Dislikes Dog's Smell
Franco Rossellini
as The Beautiful Horseman
Joan Antequera
as Woman at Castle
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Critic Reviews for La Dolce Vita

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (26)

[La Dolce Vita] propelled Fellini into the front rank of international directors.

June 12, 2020 | Full Review…

The western cinema has needed for a long time its own kind of healthy puritanism to counter that from the east - notably Poland - and with directors like Fellini and Karel Reisz it now seems that it is getting it.

April 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Fellini admits to having a confused sense of values, to being as uncertain as a child. Why then does he try to make realist films? It's a great pity; for if La Dolce Vita had beenless grandiose and more private and personal it might have worked.

February 10, 2020 | Full Review…

It is a brilliant film, but there is nothing sweet about it.

January 3, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This film defined a decade before the decade arrived.

December 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Fellini has set out to move us with the depravity of contemporary life and has chosen what seems to me a poor method: cataloging sins. Very soon we find ourselves thinking: Is that all?

May 1, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for La Dolce Vita


Told in a brilliant episodic structure, this fascinating character study is the truest definition of Felliniesque: an exceptional film that is magical in its fanciful depiction of glamour in Roman aristocracy and depressing in the way it shows the decadence of a society and of man himself.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Italian Movie about a player that in 1960 must have raised eyebrows, I didnt enjoy it 1 star

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Essential surrealist film, La Dolce Vita is an early critique to press photography, bourgeois society, special attention to stars and social decadence.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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