Midway through La Dolce Vita (1960), Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni), an unhappy tabloid jouranalist in Rome, returns to his artistic roots by working on his novel. While typing away at a charming seaside restaurant, he befriends a beautiful young girl named Paola. Marcello marvels at her unspoiled innocence and compares her to an Umbrian angel.
Upon his return to Rome, Marcello falls into a downward spiral. By story’s end, he is disenfranchised, virtually stripped of his humanity.