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Fellini's Roma (1972)




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Fellini's Roma is a virtually plotless autobiographical tribute to Rome, Italy, featuring narration by Fellini himself and a mixture of real-life footage and fictional set pieces. It flows from episode to episode, beginning with the director's early years arriving in Rome in 1931 during the time of Mussolini. Played by Stefano Mayore as a child, he visits the city with classmates and becomes infatuated. Played by Peter Gonzales at age 18, the young Fellini moves in to a tenement building and explores the wild characters living in neighborhood. The events that follow switch between the past and contemporary times, including a story line that involves a 1970s film crew making a movie about Rome. He also incorporates segments of Roman history and problems in the government, including an improvised speech from Gore Vidal. Throughout this journey there are visits to an outdoor restaurant, a movie theater, a music hall, and a brothel. In one famously surreal segment, groups of clergymen gather together for a Catholic fashion show spectacle. After a visit to a street festival and some on-camera interviews, the film concludes with shots of motorcycles driving by the Colosseum.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi
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On DVD: Apr 10, 2001

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Stefano Majore
as Fellini as a Child
Pia De Doses
as Princess
Renato Giovanneli
as Cardinal Ottaviani
Peter Gonzales
as Fellini at 18
Fiona Florence
as Young Prostitute
Anna Magnani
as Herself - Interviewé...
Gore Vidal
as Himself - Interviewé
Galliano Sbarra
as Music Hall Compere
Alvaro Vitali
as Tap Dancer Imitating...
Angela de Leo
as (uncredited)
Elisa Mainardi
as Pharmacist's wife / ...
John Francis Lane
as Himself - Interviewé
Libero Frissi
as (uncredited)
Sbarra Adami
as (uncredited)
as (uncredited)
Giovanni Serboli
as (uncredited)
Dante Cleri
as Cinema Spectator wit...
Mimmo Poli
as Roman Eating in Terr...
Norma Giacchero
as Reporter Interviewin...
Alberto Sordi
as Himself - Interviewé
Pedro Gonzales
as Fellini at age 18
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Critic Reviews for Fellini's Roma

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

The city that Federico Fellini explores for almost two hours bears little resemblance to the real Rome.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Fellini isn't just giving us a lot of flashy scenes, he's building a narrative that has a city for its protagonist instead of a single character.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A semi-docu, Fellini's Roma is as much about the eccentric director as it is about this endlessly fascinating city

Full Review… | April 25, 2011

Eternal City fugue

Full Review… | September 6, 2009

Roma, a confounding and confused semi-documentary, tried the patience of even the most devoted Fellini fans.

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Fellini's Roma

I don't understand what everyone sees in this film. Maybe I'm too much of a pragmatist, but a plotless, lousy filmed, self indulgent movie seems a waste of time, even if Fellini is the director.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Can become a bit tiresome but cannot be judged from the point of view of plot and acting. It's a personal celebration of what the city of Rome means to the director, with its' history and its' huge variety of wild characters in the neighborhood. One can't deny the director's startling visuals.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

Really fascinating film from Fellini. One day I'll make a movie about the place where I was born: Atlantis!

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

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