Federico Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ depicts the suicide of an intellectual and the death of everything he stands for

Posted on June 20, 2020


How prescient this film seems from today, from this world around us where sensationalism is everything. Fittingly, ‘La Dolce Vita’ also gave us the word “paparazzi” in the intrusive, invasive sense we recognise it today. …

Ingmar Bergman died the best possible way, in 2007: peacefully, in his sleep. But seven years earlier, a report in The Guardian stated that the death of his wife from stomach cancer had left the great filmmaker depressed and made him contemplate suicide. Bergman called it “the grimmest thing that happened in my life. It has made an invalid of me. I just think living is a burden. That I will never meet Ingrid again feels devastating.” 

“The thing I consider appalling would be to suddenly become a vegetable and a burden on other people. A soul slowly dying out, trapped in a body in which the insides gradually sabotage me I think that would be terrible.” Suicide, he said,  would be the only option in such a case. “That’s not idle talk on my part. For me, that would be a completely natural end. I hope I will have enough sense left to have the capacity and opportunity to plan and organise it.”

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