An unedited version of this famous film will be screened at the Rome Film Festival.
Fifty years after its release, ‘La Dolce Vita” by Federico Fellini will return to glory in Rome today with a screening of the restored film version, a project launched by the “Film Foundation” director, Martin Scorsese, the film returns to its original splendor and with an added ten minutes of newly discovered deleted scenes.
In the third round of the Rome Film Festival, ‘La Dolce Vita’ has thus returned to the place it was created, with the miracle of cinema that has taken 8,000 hours of cleaning, removing the traces of time frame by frame.
It has also given the movie high definition, which allows the moviegoers to see details never seen before, like a clear shadow of Federico Fellini reflected in a pair of sunglasses, this new ‘Dolce Vita’ adds new frames to some of the legendary scenes of cinema history. These include the famous forbidden bath that starred lush Anita Ekberg in the waters of Fontana di Trevi, with takes that were discarded showing the actress entering the waters of the monument.
Ekberg expression upon feeling the chilly waters or the sparkle in the eyes of a Marcello Mastroianni, perceiving it, now join the nearly three hours of celluloid of this definitive version that 50 years ago impressed viewers.
Martin Scorsese states, “today’s young people perceive the past differently and are interested in these types of films, in a certain type of story.”
For this reason, the director has sought to recover, through his foundation, Film Foundation, which focuses on restoring film archives, this masterpiece along with all the Fellini movies that have had great influence on his career.
The film will be screened this evening to the public preceded the documentary ‘mambo Dolce Vita’ by Antonello Sarno, a puzzle that, with the help of the only journalist that had access to the “backstage” of the film shooting and Fellini biographer, Tullio Kezick, discover what actually happened behind the scenes.
After this screening at the Rome Film Festival, the restored version of ‘La Dolce Vita’ will be screened for free in 12 Italian cities, for the nostalgic or young viewers, they will now be able to see on the big screen, something only a privileged few saw 50 years ago.