Cast & Crew
The citizens of Rome are startled by the sight of a huge statue of Christ being flown over the city by helicopter to the Vatican. Following in a second helicopter is Marcello Rubini, a journalist who, despite literary aspirations, earns his living writing gossip and scandal stories. In a nightclub, Marcello meets Maddalena, a jaded heiress. Together they pick up a prostitute and spend the night in the whore's room. Upon his return home at dawn, Marcello finds that his mistress, Emma, crushed by his perfidy, has attempted to poison herself. Her recovery assured, Marcello leaves Emma's side to cover the airport arrival of Sylvia Rank, a Hollywood starlet. Infatuated by the voluptuous blonde actress, Marcello accompanies her on a tour of the city, following her to St. Peter's Basilica, the Baths of Caracalla, and the Trevi fountain. The escapade ends violently, however, when Sylvia's fiancé, Robert, assaults Marcello. The reporter's next assignment is to cover a purported apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which two precocious children claim to have witnessed. The children's prevarication is exposed, and a sudden storm disperses the spectators. Later, Marcello's father visits him from the provinces but returns home when his son's lifestyle proves too strenuous for him. At a restaurant Marcello meets Paola, a young waitress whose provincial innocence appeals strongly to him. Marcello's assignments and adventures are punctuated by exhausting quarrels with Emma. The writer is further depressed when, following an evening of parties with aristocratic friends, he learns that Steiner, his wealthy and intellectual friend, has slain himself and his two children. Disillusioned, Marcello abandons himself to the pursuit of pleasure. The morning after an orgy at the seaside villa of the divorcée Nadia, Marcello and other guests roam through a forest to the beach, where a decomposing fish lies in the sand. As Marcello stares at its corpse, he sees Paola waving to him from across the canal; unable to understand what she is saying, he wanders off in the dawn to rejoin his friends.
Cesarino Miceli Picardi
Anna Maria Salerno
Carlo Di Maggio
Rosemary Rennel Rodd
Doris, Princess Of Monteroduni Pignatelli
Leontine Van Strein
Prince Eugenio Ruspoli Di Poggio Suasa
Donatella Della Nora
John Francis Lane
Count Ivenda Dobrzensky
Maria Teresa Vianello
Mario De Grenet
Mario De Biase
Osvaldo De Micheli
Manlio M. Moretti
Alessandro Von Norman
Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction
Best Writing, Screenplay
You are the first woman on the first day of creation. You are mother, sister, lover, friend, angel, devil, earth, home.- Marcello Rubini
Don't be like me. Salvation doesn't lie within four walls. I'm too serious to be a dilettante and too much a dabbler to be a professional. Even the most miserable life is better than a sheltered existence in an organized society where everything is calculated and perfected.- Steiner
By 1965 there'll be total depravity. How squalid everything will be.- Transvestite
Producer Dino de Laurentiis left the project when director Federico Fellini refused to cast 'Newman, Paul' in the lead.
The film contributed the term "paparazzi" to the language. The term derives from Marcello's photographer friend Paparazzo.
Location scenes filmed in and around Rome. Opened in Rome in February 1960 as La dolce vita; running time: 180 min; opened in Paris in May 1960 as La douceur de vivre; running time: 172 min. American International Pictures rereleased a dubbed version in the United States in 1966; running time: 175 min.
Voted One of the Year's Five Best Foreign Language Films by the 1961 National Board of Review.
Voted One of the Year's Ten Best Foreign Language Films by the 1961 New York Times Film Critics.
Winner of the Palme d'Or for Best Film at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.
Released in United States Spring April 20, 1961
Re-released in United States September 6, 1991
Re-released in United States April 10, 1992
Released in United States March 1980
Released in United States August 18, 1990
Released in United States 2011
Shown at Lincoln Center, New York City in the series "A Roman Holiday" August 18, 1990.
Re-released in Oslo July 4, 1991.
Shot between March and August, 1959.
Re-released in Canberra September 25, 1989.
Re-released in Adelaide September 7, 1989.
Re-released in Brisbane October 1989.
Released in United States Spring April 20, 1961
Re-released in United States September 6, 1991 (Public Theater; New York City)
Re-released in United States April 10, 1992 (Los Angeles)
Released in United States March 1980 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (The Epic: A Monumental Movie Marathon) March 4-21, 1980.)
Released in United States August 18, 1990 (Shown at Lincoln Center, New York City in the series "A Roman Holiday" August 18, 1990.)
Released in United States 2011 (World Cinema)
Voted Best Foreign Film of the Year by the 1961 New York Film Critics Association.