La Dolce Vita (Italian for The Sweet Life) is a 1960 film directed by Federico Fellini. It is cited as the film that signals the split between Fellini's earlier neo-realist films and his later art films. Set in Rome in the 1950s where Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni) covers the more sensational side of the news. The film shows seven days and nights in the life of the reporter. He has encounters with women including Anita Ekberg, an American movie star named Sylvia.