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(1960, d. Federico Fellini)
Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux
Considered revolutionary at the time of its release, Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita changed the landscape of international filmmaking. The film chronicles seven nights and the dawns that follow as journalist Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni) pursues "the sweet life" in post‑war Rome – floating between the debaucherous high society lifestyle he seeks with his rich lover and a Swedish bombshell, and the stifling domesticity offered by his suicidal girlfriend.
The digital restoration was carried out starting from the original camera negative – shot in Totalscope (2.35:1) on Dupont film stock and scanned at a 4K resolution. Some sections of the film showed clear signs of decay. Some frames, particularly at the beginning of each reel, were seriously damaged and irreparably affected by mold, therefore a lavander print was scanned for those sections.
The original sound was digitally restored using the 35 mm optical sound, from which a positive track was printed. Following the acquisition of this element, digital cleaning and background noise reduction was applied. The restoration has generated a duplicate negative and a new soundtrack for preservation. A complete back-up of all the files produced by the digital restoration was also made using several data storage.