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On La Dolce Vita

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Roger Ebert reflected recently on his 46-year journey with La Dolce Vita. His musings recall my own experience with Fellini’s film…

More than a decade ago, I remember the experience of being drawn to the screen — literally pulled closer to the television — as La Dolce Vita unfolded. Something in its velvet frames of black and white spoke to me… something, perhaps, about the quiet hunger for connection, for meaning — a reflection of my own thrashing struggles at the time.

In the years since, I’ve seen the film countless times, including an all-nighter infinite loop playing as I packed (and tried to practice my very rough language skills) for a trip to Italy. Today, the film’s thread of unquenchable loneliness doesn’t resonate as sharply as it once did — marriage and, I hope, a measure of maturity have helped to soften those pangs. But I still recognize the experience as a part of me, inseparable, I suppose, from being human…