Martin Scorsese to Present Restored 'La Dolce Vita' at Rome Festival

Craig Blankenhorn

The International Rome Film Festival announced Monday that Martin Scorsese will attend the fifth edition of the event in order to officially present the restored version of Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, which will screen at the festival as part of an homage to the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.

Scorsese is becoming a regular fixture at the Rome festival: he attended the inaugural edition in 2006 in connection with the European premiere of his film Departed, and again a year later to present a refurbished copy of Sergio Leone’s 1968 classic western Once Upon a Time in the West.

This lineup of the year’s edition of the festival already includes the pilot for Scorsese’s HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

In a statement, Scorsese said Fellini’s 178-minute classic was one of the most iconic films of all time.

“Fellini brought something new to Italian cinema and with La Dolce Vita he conquered the universe,” he said. “It’s difficult to convey exactly how special the look of this picture was at the time.”

The film was restored thanks to the financial backing of the Gucci fashion house and The Film Foundation.
This year’s edition of the International Rome Film Festival runs Oct. 28-Nov. 5.