Lana Del Rey’s “Gods And Monsters” As a Pop Culture Doppelganger for La Dolce Vita

There is quite possibly no better movie to encapsulate the loss of innocence than La Dolce Vita. As one of Federico Fellini’s most seminal works, the director pulls out all the stops of symbolism–particularly in the concluding scene. Comparing this masterpiece to the lyrics of Lana Del Rey’s “Gods and …

Marcello’s Speech on Domestic Relationships in La Dolce Vita Remains More Resonant Today Than Ever

Numerous scenes in La Dolce Vita stand out for their intensity–from Sylvia (Anita Ekberg) traipsing around in a silent Trevi Fountain at dawn to Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni) throwing feathers on a drunk, pathetic woman at a party. But there is something about Marcello’s furied, fervent speech to his girlfriend, Emma …

Madonna’s Unreleased Erotica Tracks Are the Missing Pieces to What Could Have Been a Hit Album

Even if you weren’t coherent in 1992, you find out sooner or later that Erotica was one of Madonna’s most commercially and critically panned albums (second only to American Life). Whether this was due to overexposure (she also released the Sex book and an erotic thriller called Body of Evidence …

Sex Bomb: Marilyn Monroe’s Continuing Contribution to the Gold Standard of Sexuality

Marilyn Monroe means many different things to different people. For some its glamor, for others its Old Hollywood, but everyone can agree that, overall, she is a symbol of sexuality before it became grotesque and overt. Her dichotomous persona of innocence and sultriness is part of her enigmatic charm. While …