Friday, July 1, 2011

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 1: Your Favorite Movie





Ever since I noticed that Joanna over at For Cinephiles by a Cinefille had taken on the 30 Day Film Challenge, I've been a little anxious to tackle the rather narcissistic meme.  It's true that I may have been one of those annoying kids who Facebook posted like mad during the height of the 30 Day Music Challenge (because obviously everyone needed me to profess my distaste for Train and my love of the Adam and the Ants song "Dog Eat Dog"), so this, of course, is right up my proverbial alley.  Plus: now that M. and I are part of the LAMB, we're thinking it may be time to slowly draw back the curtain on our masked identities and let you in on a little more about us.  Let the documentation begin!


Day 1: Your Favorite Movie:

Our story begins with Christ suspended from a helicopter and ends with a 'monster' washed up on a beach, communication fractured, the hobgoblins debauched and dancing across the treeline.  If you've been following this blog through our binge on traditions back in December, you may recall that I've already professed my deep love for Fellini's La Dolce Vita.  There may be naysayers who claim it's an overrated and overblown film, or that it pales in comparison to 8 1/2 (another favorite), but to them I scoff, look away, and covertly raise a middle finger. You can't tell me otherwise, kids.  This ain't no phase, it's real love.  La Dolce Vita is one of those films seen at an impressionable age that forever altered the way I look at and appraise cinema.  Fellini finds the beauty, the divine, even, amidst Rome's disaffected upper class.  The film pulses with life in vibrant black and white, meandering and crackling down the Via Veneto, through the Trevi fountain, on ghost hunts, and orgiastic parties. 

I gush, yes, but believe in the film.  It's a literary object, a complex painting, a tabloid smear campaign, the high and low at once packaged as 100% art.  It gently fractures its narrative into a glorious, fluid photographic essay exploration of all of society's most glamorous evils, and it's this segmented nature that allows for the film to remain fresh with each repeat viewing.  To me, minus a few moments of unsynched overdubbing on the American actors, this is pure cinema.  I have seen Fellini's 1959 hedonistic epic over a dozen times (I've lost count) and have never been bored.  What's more?  In addition to being my favorite film, it also contains one of my favorite sequences in all of cinema. No, it's not the Trevi scene.  It's the party at the castle in the country beginning when they walk through that door, continuing through the echo chamber with Maddalena, the ghost hunt, and ending with their crumpled, hungover walk back at dawn.  Perfect.  I won't bother to embed it here, because this is a film made for big screens, not your monitor.

2 comments:

  1. Man, your right. This meme is so narcissistic. Welcome to it, haha.

    Great pick! I love this movie. I definitely need to rewatch though. Can't wait to read more. :)

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  2. A little bit of narcissism can be a good time. Glad I stumbled upon the meme!

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