Movies: La Dolce far Niente

Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita opened with a statue of Christ soaring through the skies above Rome. That was three years ago, followed by a long quiet period during which the masses have patiently waited for the master's next full-length film. Just released in Italy, Fellini's new "8½" begins with . . . what have we here? Soaring in the skies above Rome is not Christ but Marcello Mastroianni, all 154 pounds of him up there flying on a string like a great dihedral kite.

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