Today in History: La Dolce Vita has its film premiere in Italy

In 1960 “La Dolce Vita” directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy. On February 3, 1960, the Italian dramedy ‘La dolce vita,’ directed by Federico Fellini, had its world premiere, marking a significant milestone in cinema history. The film quickly gained widespread acclaim, hailed as one of the most important cinematic works of all time.

The biggest hit from the most popular Italian filmmaker of all time, La dolce vita rocketed Federico Fellini to international mainstream success—ironically, by offering a damning critique of the culture of stardom. A look at the darkness beneath the seductive lifestyles of Rome’s rich and glamorous, the film follows a notorious celebrity journalist (a sublimely cool Marcello Mastroianni) during a hectic week spent on the peripheries of the spotlight. This mordant picture was an incisive commentary on the deepening decadence of contemporary Europe, and it provided a prescient glimpse of just how gossip- and fame-obsessed our society would become.