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A rich, detailed panorama of Rome's modern decadence and sophisticated immorality, the film is episodic in structure but held tightly in focus by the wandering protagonist through whom we witness the sordid action. Marcello Rubini (extraordinarily played by Marcello Mastroianni) is a tabloid reporter trapped in a shallow high-society existence. A man of paradoxical emotional juxtapositions (cool but tortured, sexy but impotent), he dreams about writing something important but remains seduced by the money and prestige that accompany his shallow position. He romanticizes finding true love but acts unfazed upon finding that his girlfriend has taken an overdose of sleeping pills. Instead, he engages in an ménage à trois, then frolics in a fountain with a giggling American starlet (bombshell Anita Ekberg), and in the film's unforgettably inspired finale, attends a wild orgy that ends, symbolically, with its participants finding a rotting sea animal while wandering the beach at dawn.

Special Features

Audio commentary by noted critic and film historian Richard Schickel
Introduction by Academy Award-nominated writer and director Alexander Payne
"Fellini TV": A collection of never-before-seen Fellini shorts
"Remembering the Sweet Life": Interviews with Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg
"Cinecitta -- The House of Fellini": Musical montage of Fellini's beloved studio
"Fellini, Roma and Cinecitta": Interview with Fellini
Extensive photo gallery
Restoration demo
Biographies
Filmographies
Eight-page collector's booklet with rare and hard-to-find photos from the theatrical set photographer; liner notes by Dennis Bartok


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