Artist: Federico Fellini
Confronting Bodies: Catholic Church officials
Date of Action: 1959
Specific Location: Italy
Description of Artwork: "La Dolce Vita" (The Good Life) has several controversial scenes and themes. Promiscuity mixes with images of St. Peter's Basilica and Jesus Christ. The film ends with the only married man in the film murdering his two children and commiting suicide.
Description of Incident: While many lauded "La Dolce Vita," members of the Catholic Church attacked it. The film was given an E rating by the Centro Cattolico Cinematografico, a rating system within the church. The E rating compares watching the film with sin. Priests and church members were forbidden to watch or speak about the film. Members of the church also brought the debate to the Italian Parliament. The film was banned in the Soviet Union.
Results of Incident: The Parliament decided not to censor the film, however, they did discuss creating a system to protect the Italian people from "arousing disgust by scenes of a raw and ruthless realism." The film was celebrated by audiences and at numerous film festivals world wide.
Source: Censorship, A World Encyclopedia, ed. D. Jones
Submitted By: NCAC