Restored 'La Dolce Vita' Returning to Italy's Big Screen

Martin Scorsese, fan of the Federico Fellini classic, introduced it at the International Rome Film Festival; film to play in major Italian cities through Nov. 23.

ROME -- Fifty years after it was first shown in Italian cinemas, Federico Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita will return to the big screen in Italy, Italian newspapers reported Tuesday.
A completely refurbished version of the 178-minute classic screened at the International Rome Film Festival on Oct. 30, with a high-profile introduction by Oscar-winning director and self-professed La Dolce Vita fan Martin Scorsese. The screening was part of a wider tribute to the film on the 50th anniversary of its release.
At the festival, the restored film screened to packed houses. Now, due to an initiative funded by broadcast giant Mediaset and its cinema subsidiary Medusa Film, the copies will make a tour of major Italian cities through Nov. 23: Bologna, Milan, Florence, Padua, Rome, Turin, Naples, Palermo and Catania.
During the Rome festival, officials said the restored film -- which was funded by the Gucci fashion house and The Film Foundation -- could appear at other film festivals and or for screenings in other cities.