Fellini's Roma

1972

Fellini's Roma

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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.

Cast

Stefano Majore
as Fellini as a Child
Pia De Doses
as Princess
Peter Gonzales
as Fellini at 18
Renato Giovanneli
as Cardinal Ottaviani
Fiona Florence
as Young Prostitute
Anna Magnani
as Herself - Interviewée
Gore Vidal
as Himself - Interviewé
Galliano Sbarra
as Music Hall Compere
Alvaro Vitali
as Tap Dancer Imitating Fred Astaire
Angela de Leo
as (uncredited)
Elisa Mainardi
as Pharmacist's wife / Cinema spectator
John Francis Lane
as Himself - Interviewé
Libero Frissi
as (uncredited)
Sbarra Adami
as (uncredited)
Bireno
as (uncredited)
Giovanni Serboli
as (uncredited)
Dante Cleri
as Cinema Spectator with Family
Mimmo Poli
as Roman Eating in Terrace
Norma Giacchero
as Reporter Interviewing Fellini
Alberto Sordi
as Himself - Interviewé
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  • Jan 18, 2016
    Fellini continues to experiment with the limits of structure and language after his previous films, this time to take a sharp, episodic and humorous look at the Rome of his youth, the Rome of then and his ambivalent feelings for this city (or his idea of it) that he seems to love and hate.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2015
    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 L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2010
    Whereas some saw Fellini's nostalgic genius of the portrayal of Rome, some others saw a flawed obession. I'm, of course, in the second category. Nevertheless, the ride is immensely moving, not only empathizing with Italian citizens, but also with individuals that share the same passionate love towards their capital city. A "Buñuelian" structure and some blasphemous touches are the elements used by the Italian cinema legend to incongruently juxtapose his dreams and fantasies through an impressionistic lens, and although its impact is not as memorable as Amarcord, this sentimentalist predecessor does not disappoint. 83/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2009
    Surreal and funny (= felinesque), but the cinematography is awful, and that is a very important aspect in Fellini's cinema.
    Alex F Super Reviewer

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