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A highly acclaimed 1960 film by Creator/FedericoFellini about some days in the life of gossip journalist Marcello Rubini, who has to deal with apparitions of the Madonna, a friend’s existential anguish, problems with his girlfriend, a lot of lovers and a highly annoying photographer friend.

The movie is famous for being considered “immoral” for its presentation of the Roman lifestyle and the obvious FanService Fellini provides with the women (though if you were to look at it, [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny you’d probably raise an eyebrow about it]]), for its scene of the actress Anita Ekberg bathing in the Trevi Fountain in Rome, for being the TropeNamer for the term {{Paparazzi}}, and for being the first film that RogerEbert ever reviewed.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* BreakTheCutie: Marcello. By the end, the poor guy has just given up, but [[spoiler: Steiner killing both his own kids and himself]] is really what sealed it.
* TheCasanova: Marcello, though he is technically more of a subversion, considering he's manipulated by the women instead of the opposite.
* CloudCuckooLander: Sylvia.
* CoolShades: Marcello and Paparazzo wear ones so cool that they get to the LogicalExtreme of wearing them [[SunglassesAtNight at any time]].
* TheDanza: Marcello Mastroianni as Marcello Rubini, Riccardo Garrone as Riccardo.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Marcello and Paparazzo are distracted of a statue of the Christ (the news they’re covering) by a group of women sunbathing.
* FanService: All over it.
* FetishFuelStationAttendant: Depending on your tastes, any of the main women could be this, but Sylvia is by far the most obvious one.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Marcello slips them on around the time [[spoiler: Steiner commits murder/suicide.]]
* LargeHam: Frankie and the rock singer of the same scene.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Marcello’s father is as much of a womanizer as him.
* MoodWhiplash: The movie is fairly comical… [[spoiler:and suddenly Steiner decides to kill himself and his children.]]
* MsFanservice: Sylvia.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Steiner does it before killing himself]]. Made even sadder by the fact that he really loved them.
* {{Paparazzi}}: Paparazzo is the TropeNamer.
* PrettyInMink: Sylvia wears a fur-lined cape and then a white ermine wrap.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Most of the women of the movie, especially the ones Marcello courts, like Maddalena or Sylvia.
* SunglassesAtNight
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: For the film that launched Mastroianni's career on TheCasanova ticket, he never really played any character of the sort; Mastroianni himself said that all his characters billed as such were in fact the exact opposite. In ''La Dolce Vita'', he allows himself to be used by the women he pursues.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Marcello and Paparazzo. Mainly from Marcello’s part.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The kitten Sylvia found.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Nadia does one. She ends conveniently [[NakedInMink covered by a fur]].