Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.”
Federico Fellini’s 1960 black-and-white classic “La Dolce Vita” was brought back to glorious life last night at a special screening of the film hosted by The Cinema Society, Gucci and The Film Foundation. Martin Scorsese, whose Film Foundation restored the film, kicked off the screening at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, declaring: “‘La Dolce Vita’ not only defined a moment in time, but a moment in cinema. When it opened, it changed the way you saw films. It was an event.”
The same could be said for last night’s soiree. Guests that showed up to catch the classic included Sir Ben Kingsley, Adrien Brody, Patricia Clarkson, Josh Hartnett, John Legend, Tony Bennett, Susan Sarandon, Darren Aronofsky and the night’s co-hosts Emily Mortimer and Vera Farmiga.
I caught up with Farmiga (who worked with Scorsese in “The Departed”) on the red carpet before the “Raging Bull” director took to the stage.
“Listen, the reason I’m here is because Marty rubbed off on me,” she said. He sure did. Farmiga’s premiered her directorial debut, “Higher Ground,” in Sundance earlier this year to positive notices. What led her to get behind the camera? Well, according to an interview she did with indieWIRE, it was the lack of decent scripts landing on her doorstep. “A year ago,” she told indieWIRE, “I was outside at my burn pile tending to the smoldering coals of autumn brush and scripts featuring pathetic excuses for female characterization when my manager Jon called and offered some sound advice: ‘Stop asking for permission.’ What a notion! Create my own opportunity.”
Wait, did she say burn pile? “Scripts accumulate!” she reasoned with me. “You can’t take them to the dump. I don’t have a shredder than can get rid of them. And you don’t want the scripts getting back onto the streets. You have to get rid of them somehow. I figured the way to be green about them is to fertilize. So the ashes can disperse.”
Below find pictures from the event:
Emily Mortimer (left) and Vera Farmiga (right) flank Martin Scorsese on the red carpet. [Photo by Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
Josh Hartnett on the red carpet. [Photo by Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
Vera Farmiga (left) and Adrien Brody at the after party. [Photo by Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
The Cinema Society’s Andrew Saffir and Patricia Clarkson at the after party. [Photo by Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]
Susan Sarandon chatting with Matthew Broderick at the after party. [Photo by Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Co.]