La Dolce Vita
Fellini’s 1960 classic on “the sweet life” of 1950s Rome, when the Eternal City was a hotspot for international glitterati. Marcello Mastroianni plays a reporter sucked into this decadent lifestyle, while a character named Paparazzo, snapping stars at Via Veneto cafés, gave a name to his occupation.
Fellini’s 1972 tribute to his adopted home town. Rome’s heritage gets in the way of modernization, and the absurdity of the Vatican is shown in a frighteningly funny papal fashion show. Fellini built a highway at the Cinecittà studios so he could film rush hour without the bother of real traffic.
The original big budget ($50 million) gladiator epic from 1959. William Wyler directed Charlton Heston ...