"La dolce vita" in One Shot

One Shot is a series that seeks to find an essence of cinema history in one single image of a movie. La dolce vita (1960) is showing on Mubi in many countries in the series Fellini 100.In the finale of La dolce vita, after the most decadent of the film’s parties, Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni) collapses on the beach, faces the camera, and offers world cinema its most iconic shrug. The sequence is laden with symbolism that lends itself to much too literal interpretation: the giant dead sea creature, an ichthys stand-in for Italy's discarded Christ; the angelic girl, a reminder of Marcello’s purer dreams; the loud wind, a modern cacophony that drowns out human connection. But in the ascendant arthouse of 1960, when such subject matter, a cubist structure, and ample sensationalism could break box office records, it wouldn’t do to simply peg Fellini as a didactic philosopher. He
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