La Dolce Vita

Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita follows the decadent Odyssey of Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni). A gossip columnist, Marcello is steeped in the playboy, celebrity culture. He’s got a suicidal fiancée and a couple lovers. All are beautiful; none are happy. The film follows Marcello as he seeks out scandals to write about and outrageous parties. 

Marcello is looking for meaning, half-heartedly, but he is looking. He’s offended when people point out that he’s sold out by writing sensational stories for tabloids, but he doesn’t exert any effort to change. He’s full of excuses and charm, which serves him well enough.

Fellini offers beautiful people in beautiful scenes, but none has any sort of world view, philosophy or religion that guides them. Their lives are like one long series of college Saturday nights where kids wander about aimlessly looking for the pleasure they thought college nightlife offered. Instead they see emotional break downs, pleas for attention, and melodrama. 

Released in 1960, this film was fresh as it didn’t have the usual plot structure or protagonist who overcomes the typical obstacles. La Dolce Vita was more psychological and existential. It’s worth seeing for its artistic merit, but though I admire it, La Dolce Vita it’s not a film I’d call a favorite I want to see again and again. 

On Veteran’s Day

WWI inspired poets including John McCrae, Wilfred Owens, Siegfried Sassoon, Alan Seeger and more. Today I’m sharing some videos of wonderful poems we all should know. They bring home the reality of war, the sacrifice of soldiers.

Beautiful, elegiac

I’m going to memorize “Dreamers.”

What Happened with the Media?

I didn’t even bother to watch the Election Night results on Fox or another channel because I knew The Daily Wire and Louder with Crowder would have more entertaining, better researched commentary.

Steven can use rather salty language, but it doesn’t bother me (usually/much) but I thought I’d warn you.

I’m curious about how Fox capitulated and called states like Ohio and Arizona early for Biden, the candidate they told us was losing it cognitively and who was dubbed China Joe and swampy. Now they