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Fellini's Roma back to product details

Fellini is my homeboy
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written by JRosha April 1, 2007 - 9:57 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Here's the film for any skeptics of the virtuosity of the art film. It seems unplausible that a movie without plot or central characters can be comprehendable, but Fellini seems to do it right each time.
Infact, the main character of this film is Rome herself, with its supporting cast- its nymphomanical housewives, beautiful hippies, ravenous prostitutes, italian mamas, starlet beauties, reclusive royals, and flamboyant paplry. Not enough time is given to any of these secondary characters to emphasize with them, but in the end (and throughout the film) you're left with a comprehensive and a round about understanding of the culture of Rome, and how its history is manifested in its contemporary society.
The most beautiful part of the film is a scene in which when digging tunnels for the subway in Rome, engineers come across an ancient Roman home, buried untouched in one of the deep sub terranean strata. As fresh air enters the vacuum, engineers watch as georgous frescos, so long untouched, deteriorate before their eyes.

City of my Dreams
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written by hamano September 13, 2003 - 11:20 PM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
In my early twenties, I watched a lot of Fellini... I was on an Italian director binge and I even considered trying to learn the language. I know this film is not considered to be among Fellini's best or most historical films. I know a lot of critics regard it as just a surreal travelogue.

The film is virtually plotless, with some autobiographical elements thrown in. In fact, now that it's been 20 years since I saw it, I must honestly say that there is very little of any "story" that I remember at all.

However, for some reason, if someone asks me what my favorite Fellini film is, I always say, "Roma!" I think it's because Fellini seems to be just having fun here. He's reveling in the pure act of film-making, without any of the self-contemplation that mark his other films.

I love the film for it's kinetic energy, and for some unforgettable imagery. The Ecclesiastical Fashion Show sequence alone is worth the price of rental. Definitely put this on your rental queue. Twenty years from now, you'll be glad you did!

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