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La verità su La dolce vita

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Director:
Giuseppe Pedersoli
Production:
Arietta Cinematografica (Gaia Gorrini, Giuseppe Pedersoli)
Running Time:
83’
Language:
Italian
Country:
Italy
Main Cast:
Luigi Petrucci, Mario Sesti
Screenplay:
Giuseppe Pedersoli, Giorgio Serafini
Cinematographer:
Renato de Blasio, Maurizio Calvesi, Giovanni Brescini
Editor:
Giuseppe Pedersoli
Music:
Marco Marrone
Sound:
Enrico Pellegrini

SYNOPSIS

Around the end of 1958 Federico Fellini was going through a complicated period in his career. He had already won two Oscars for La Strada and Le notti di Cabiria but nobody wanted to produce his latest project: a story called La dolce vita. It was only Giuseppe Amato, who had already produced masterpieces such as Umberto D., Francesco Giullare di Dio, Don Camillo, who understood the extraordinary nature of the subject. Amato appeared to be the only who realised that what he had in his hands was a masterpiece. The story begins with a pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo where Amato is going to receive Padre Pio’s blessing for his work on La dolce vita. This is the starting point for the most popular Italian film ever abroad and an extremely tormented production process marked by furious arguments between the director and producers, threats and setbacks. Sixty years after its production and marking Fellini’s one hundredth anniversary, thanks to unpublished documentation, for the first time La verità su La dolce vita describes the creation and unique history of one of the most iconic masterpieces in the history of cinema, described by means of a successful set reconstruction, film sequences and testimonials of the protagonists in the film. It is an extraordinary story of love for the cinema: that of a producer for his film, who is so in love with it that it almost costs him his life. Today this film is a symbol of our love for this craft.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

The film is based on the extensive, original and unpublished correspondence between Giuseppe Amato, Angelo Rizzoli and Federico Fellini, respectively the producer, distributor and director of La dolce vita. It is the protagonists themselves who tell us about their experiences through the direct ‘voice’ of their papers. Thanks to the absorbing editing of interviews and readings – as well as reconstructed scenes – we have the recreation of the atmosphere, contrasts and passions that fueled the essential material of one of the most controversial products of Italian cinema that is recognized as a masterpiece worldwide.

PRODUCERS/DISTRIBUTORS

PRODUCTION: Gaia Gorrini, Giuseppe Pedersoli – Arietta Cinematografica SRL
Via Suor Maria Celeste 1
50125 – Firenze, Italy
Tel. +39 055 224597
Mob. +39 3298641159
Mob. +39 3483363362
gaia.go@icloud.com
pedersoli@smileproduction.com

WORLD SALES: Paola Corvino – Intramovies
Via Eustachio Manfredi 15
00197 – Roma, Italy
Tel. +39 0645777931 | +39 0645777932
paola.c@intramovies.com

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Enrico Bufalini – Istituto Luce Cinecittà
Via Tuscolana 1055
00173 – Roma, Italy
Tel. +39 06722861
Mob. +39 3485811532
e.bufalini@cinecittaluce.it

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Marlon Pellegrini – Istituto Luce Cinecittà
Via Tuscolana 1055
00173 – Roma, Italy
Tel. +39 06 72286407
Mob. + 39 3349500619
m.pellegrini@cinecittaluce.it

PRESS OFFICE: Marlon Pellegrini – Istituto Luce Cinecittà
Via Tuscolana 1055
00173 – Roma, Italy
Tel. +39 06 72286407
Mob. + 39 3349500619
m.pellegrini@cinecittaluce.it


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