La Dolce Vita

Opening with the striking panorama of a statue of Christ suspended by helicopter, flying across the city of Rome, Federico Fellini"s epic satire La Dolce Vita charted seven episodes in the life of fashionable tabloid journalist Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) amidst the decadent excess of postwar Roman cafe society and celebrity culture.

Torn between making something of himself as a writer among the intellectual elite or continuing to drift through the carefree and hedonistic lifestyle of a popular gossip columnist, the film's final episode reveals our hero chose to delve further into the underworld by becoming a publicity agent. A satirical commentary on the decadence and moral decay of modern Europe, Fellini's critically acclaimed critique of "the sweet life" was a worldwide box-office sensation on its release in 1960, going on to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes and receive four Oscar nominations including Best Director.

Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in movie history, when Anita Ekberg frolics through the Trevi fountain as Hollywood actress Sylvia, the film endures as one of the greats of world cinema. Yves Thos' vivid painterly artwork on this stunning French petite poster depicts the preceding scene in which the glamorous Ekberg, under Marcello's lustful gaze, leads a throng of raucous partygoers in a dance around the city's ancient Baths of Caracalla.

Excellent (A-)
Backed on linen in the European style with no restoration whatsoever. Prior to the backing, this poster had one horizontal fold as issued with creasing to the left of fold and nicks to the left edge. The backing has smoothed and diminished these minor imperfections. Darkening to upper blank portion typical of French movie posters. Image and colours otherwise excellent.

French Petite Film Poster
23½ x 15¾ in. (60 x 40 cm.)

  • Comedy
  • Country of Origin: Printed in France by Affiches Gaillard, Paris