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Intervista (1984)




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Federico Fellini and Gianfranco Angelucci wrote this masterful send-up of filmmaker documentaries, a dazzling combination of satire, surrealism, and nostalgia. A Japanese-television crew shows up to interview Fellini as he attempts to film an adaptation of Franz Kafka's Amerika, and are treated to his fanciful recollections of his early days in the movie industry. A highlight is Fellini's reunion with Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg, while a camera unspools their classic scene in the Trevi Fountain from the 1960 film La Dolce Vita. Score by Nicola Piovani.


Critic Reviews for Intervista

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Federico Fellini broke through all the walls he could find in 1987's delightfully jumbled Intervista. The maestro created a film about a film about a film.

May 1, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

In its own seemingly off-hand manner, it's a grandly cosmic joke.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

It would not be of much interest, I imagine, to anyone who was not familiar with Fellini's earlier films.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

An enjoyable, lightweight entertainment, filled with the usual Felliniesque characters, faces, and situations.

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
TV Guide

A lovely, rather restful piece of nostalgia.

Full Review… | August 29, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

Federico Fellini's latest work is an oddly unaffecting look at moviemaking and the director's own youth, a sort of 8 1/2 meets Amarcord but without the resonance of either.

Full Review… | November 6, 2003
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Intervista

A meta look at Fellini's career is a delightful trip through the Italian studios and breaks down the fourth wall a lot. Not as strong as a lot of his movies but is good for a director very late in his career.

Rodney Eckrich
Rodney Eckrich

It's a shame "Intervista" wasn't Federico Fellini's last film, because it would have been a perfect farewell. Mostly autobiographical, it features the director himself as a prominent onscreen player. Fellini described the film as an informal chat among friends, and "Intervista" indeed has an enjoyably meandering, conversational structure. Not just a movie-within-a-movie, it even becomes a movie-within-a-movie-within-a-movie. A chirpy Japanese crew maneuvers to interview Fellini as he shoots a retelling of Franz Kafka's "Amerika." He soon introduces actor Sergio Rubini, who will be portraying Fellini as a young man. Fellini advises a makeup girl to add a pimple to Rubini's nose for comic effect, but a short time later, the pimple is "real" and Rubini is dramatizing Fellini's memories of visiting a major Italian film studio for the first time. Innocent, awestruck Fellini sees various scenes being shot and eventually has trivial dressing-room dialogue with an aging movie queen. Once that section closes, the narrative moves to backstage sequences including a depiction of how Fellini casts his legendary "faces," a surreal attack by Indians wielding TV antennas instead of spears and, most touchingly, a reunion between Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. Twenty-seven years have passed since the two splashed in a fountain during a famous "La Dolce Vita" scene, and Ekberg is much heavier and no longer a hot property. Of course, Mastroianni has become a superstar, but Ekberg shows no competitive bitterness. Their misty-eyed viewing of the old footage -- their tears require no acting, I'm sure -- is usually cited as "Intervista"'s highlight.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

(** 1/2): Thumbs Down I liked some moments but this is not as good as many of Fellini's other works.


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