Fellini's Roma


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.


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)
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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Critic Reviews for Fellini's Roma

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Though "Roma" has the dreamlike flow of "8 1/2" and most late Fellini films, it works here in a way that often didn't for the director.

Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

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.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

But it is a film worth seeing, if only to get the opportunity to see one of the world's greatest cities through the eyes of one of the world's greatest artists.

Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

Apr 25, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Eternal City fugue

Sep 6, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fellini's Roma


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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
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. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

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

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

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