We can’t be the only ones that are looking forward to the recently announced remake of Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita; can we?
Fellini’s niece, Francesca, says that she had been approached in the past in order to sell the rights to the film and has always refused, until now. She’s putting her family legacy into the hands of producer Daniele Di Lorenzo who wants to do a modern retelling of the iconic ’60s film.
“Our vision is of a contemporary story every bit as commercial, iconic and award-worthy as the original,” Iervolino added in his own statement. The original La Dolce Vita, where Fellini portrayed the “sweet life” of Rome, also starred Yvonne Furneaux, Anouk Aimee and Anita Ekberg.
Ekberg, considered Fellini’s muse, died earlier this year at age 83. La Dolce Vita won the Palme d’Or at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for best costume design.
We haven’t yet heard about a director or stars, but we have some ideas.
The director? Sorrentino’s name will come up and he might be the right choice to capture the required surreal ambience, but we’d go with someone a little less obvious; but how about somebody like Francesco Munzi, the director of Anime Nere. He’s proven himself an ace at showing and telling, with his stunning visuals and masterful storytelling; for that extra powerful punch they’ll need cinematographer Vladan Radovic, who’s given us films like Anime Nere and Vergine Giurata.
For the music? It’s gotta be Carlo Virzì, musician and composer for films like La Prima Cosa Bella and Il Capitale Umano, who will get the key world “modern” that will evade a lot of other composers. This film needs urbane and cutting edge, not sentimental and classic.
The stars? Take a look at some good choices, in B&W for the right effect. We like Greta Scarano for the Anita Ekberg part. She’s the perfect age and gorgeous, and has been getting all kinds of attention recently for her role in Senza Nessuna Pietà.
A new Marcello Mastroianni? Nobody can duplicate him, but we don’t need them to; there are plenty of good-looking and talented actors for a modern remake. Alessandro Gassman? Raoul Bova? Edoardo Leo? The list is long.
And we should throw the über-glamorous Micaela Ramazzotti in there somewhere.
What’s not to like? Non vedo l’ora!