This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Federico Fellini, one of the truly great filmmakers of the 20th century. To commemorate the occasion, the British Film Institute is sponsoring a major two-month retrospective at BFI Southbank and the release of a restored version of the director’s 1960 masterpiece, La Dolce Vita.
The film opens with a scene in which a helicopter transports a statue of Christ over Rome to St. Peter’s Square. The Vatican was not amused by the Flying Jesus, and condemned the movie, which probably contributed to La Dolce Vita’s record-breaking box office success.
In one of the most memorable sequences from the film, the disillusioned journalist Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) and the Swedish movie star Sylvia (Anita Ekberg) make a late-night visit to the Trevi Fountain.
Anouk Aimée, magnificent and breathtakingly beautiful, played the heiress Maddalena.
This remastered version of La Dolce Vita will eventually make it to the US, but a date for its arrival has not yet been announced.
The restaurants I wrote about in January featured cuisines that spanned the globe, or at least the part of it that’s in the Northern Hemisphere. We went from France to India to Georgia to Italy to the Philippines, with quick stops in Korea and Thailand. Now we’re near the end, and we’re going to finish with two places where the food is so American that the restaurants are named after US Presidents. First up is Teddy & The Bully Bar.
Teddy & The Bully Bar
The “Teddy” in Teddy & The Bully Bar is Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, and the restaurant is decorated 21st-century artwork commemorating his life and times. It only takes seven minutes to walk there from my place at Dupont Circle, but the vibe in the area is much more professional and business-like than the more free-spirited atmosphere at Dupont.
Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Best bowl of Brussels sprouts I’ve had a quite a while, and I’m really fond of Brussels sprouts. These came with a balsamic gastrique, spiced hazelnuts, and pomegranate seeds.
Creekstone New York Strip Steak
My main was perfectly cooked Grilled New York Strip Steak with roasted shitake, confit pearl onion, brandy beef jus, big chunky frites, and a delicious puree that I couldn’t quite identify, which turned out to be parsnip. I made a note to research parsnip recipes in anticipation of the time my kitchen is restored to the point that I can revive my currently dormant Cookery Project.
Slow Poached Pear Crisp
Poached pear with salted caramel ice cream and granola crumble. It was all right, but not as exciting as the rest of the excellent meal.