Fest to world preem doc about making of film

ROME — The Cannes Film Festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Federico Fellini’s “La dolce vita” with the world preem of a documentary about the making of the maestro’s classic Palm d’Or winner.

Titled “Noi che abbiamo fatto ‘La dolce vita’ ” (We Who Made “La dolce vita”) the tribute is helmed by Gianfranco Mingozzi, who was Fellini’s a.d. on the film, with input from Fellini’s friend and biographer Tullio Kezich.

Co-produced by the Fellini Foundation and pubcaster RAI’s satellite channel Raisat, docu unspools interviews with Anita Ekberg, who bathed in the Trevi Fountain in the pic; Yvonne Furneaux, who plays protag Marcello’s suicidal girlfriend; and with Anouk Aimee, who plays his lover. It also features commentary from Rome paparazzi of that time from whom Fellini drew inspiration.

“The film was a great adventure for everyone, and the documentary captures that spirit,” said Fellini Foundation topper Vittorio Boarini.

As part of this year’s Fellini celebrations the foundation also recently mounted an exhibition titled “Fellini’s Book of Dreams” at the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences headquarters in Beverly Hills.

“La dolce vita” was conceived by Fellini in 1958, shot in 1959, and premiered in Cannes in 1960.

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