Chic & You : The Film Series

Chic & You : The Film Series

La Dolce Vita

Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Free for members and students* • $15 non-members
In Person • Italian with English subtitles

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Put your best foot forward when we roll out the red carpet for you with the chic-est film series in Chic-ago! A flute of bubbles included. Enter a chance to win a getaway one-night stay at the Sofitel at each screening!


La Dolce Vita (1961, Frederico Fellini, Italian with English subtitles)

We all know the little black dress à la Audrey Hepburn... but have you seen the Balenciaga black dress à la Anita Eckberg? It’ll have you tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain wishing for Vespas, afternoon espressos, and Roman romance - maybe just not with La Dolce Vita’s most notorious playboy. 

With an introduction by Grazia D'Annunzio, former editor of Vogue Italia.

La Dolce Vita stars Marcello Mastroianni as Marcello Rubini, a journalist for a gossip magazine who is constantly searching for love and happiness. The movie chronicles seven episodes- seven days and nights in Rome as Marcello drifts in and out of beauty and crises, constantly choosing between self-indulgence and a more meaningful way of life. Full of an unforgettable cast of characters, join Marcello as he wanders down the Via Veneto through the not-so-sweet lives of wealthy heiresses, beautiful actresses, tortured intellectuals, sightings of the Madonna, and eventually himself.  Come and see the film that is regarded as masterpiece and won the Palme d’Or at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival, and an Academy Award for Best Costumes.

Long before Alexander Wang became its creative director, the esteemed French fashion house Balenciaga was famous for the black dress — each of his runway shows started out with a model wearing one. In 1960, Cristóbal ("the master of us all," according to Christian Dior) became the master of the silver screen, when Fellini credited the designer for inspiring one of his most famous films, La Dolce Vita. The Italian director was moved by Balenciaga's famous sack dress, even though none of the women in the film ever actually donned the frock. Brunello Rondi, who co-wrote the script, explained: "These sack dresses struck Fellini because they rendered a woman very gorgeous who could, instead, be a skeleton of squalor and solitude inside." --Mary Peffer