chapter  4
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Fourth generation: The sweet life

There are a few films whose title encapsulates the very spirit of a period. Such was the case of Raoul Walsh’s The Roaring Twenties (1939) and of La dolce vita (The Sweet Life, 1960). However, the legend of the fabulous twenties was contrived subsequently, during the Great Depression when, by comparison, the previous decade looked happy and prosperous. On the other hand, the members of the fourth generation of cinema-goers, those who reached 20 at the beginning of the ‘economic miracle’, were often convinced that theirs was a sweet life and bestowed on their own days the title of Fellini’s film.