Martin Scorsese will present a world premiere restoration of Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita at the fifth International Rome Film Festival on Oct 30.
The festival also recently announced two 20 minute previews of Kevin Munroe’s Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night and Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Legacy, as well as advance screenings of The Social Network, which is not due for national release until Nov 11.
The 4K digital restoration of La Dolce Vita was supported by the Film Foundation, the company Scorsese set up to preserve and restore film libraries and individual film prints, and fashion house Gucci.
The restoration work was carried out by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata in association with The Film Foundation, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, Pathé, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Mediaset and Medusa film, Paramount Pictures and Cinecittà Luce.
Scorsese commented: “Fellini brought something new to Italian cinema. And with La Dolce Vita, he conquered the universe. It’s difficult to convey exactly how special the look of this picture was at the time, and thanks to the support of Gucci we’ve been able to restore this film from the original widescreen negative and bring it back to its original splendor.”
Under the banner “Cinema Visionaries”, Gucci and The Film Foundation have previously restored five feature classics, including Visconti’s Il Gattopardo and Cassavetes’ A Woman Under The Influence.