Ivan Cavalli (Leopoldo Trieste) brings his new wife Wanda (Brunella Bovo) to Rome on the least romantic honeymoon in history, a rigid schedule of family meetings and audiences with the Pope. But Wanda, dreaming of the dashing hero of a photo-strip cartoon, drifts off in search of the White Sheik, thus setting off a slapstick comedy worthy of Chaplin. The style and themes which made Federico Fellini world famous are already apparent in this charming comedy (his first solo directorial effort), featuring such long-time collaborators as his wife, actress Giulietta Masina, and composer Nino Rota. –The Criterion Collection
Federico Fellini was born in 1920 to a provincial middle-class family in Rimini, a small town on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The lack of available options to young men in provincial towns is an important theme in some of his films, most notably I Vitelloni and Amarcord. In fact, Orson Welles once described Fellini as “a small-town boy who’s never really come to Rome. He’s still dreaming about it. And we should all be grateful for those dreams.” He initially arrived in Rome as a law student but his career as a satirical cartoonist and gag writer was already well established by then. His childhood fascination with the circus and the Grand Guignol also governed his cinephilia in these early years. His favourite films were American comedies by Chaplin, Keaton, Harry Langdon and the Marx Brothers. It was only after he came into contact with the circle of Ettore Scola, Cesare Zavattini, Aldo Fabrizi and Roberto Rossellini, that he would seriously consider the cinema as a medium of expression… read more
Fellini's first solo venture behind the camera is a captivating satirical comedy about a newlywed wife who becomes enamoured with the hero of a photo-based comic strip whilst on honeymoon in Rome. The main thrust of the humour derives from the frenetic attempts of her pompous and precise husband to hide her disappearance from his family. Illusions are shattered along the way as are the self-delusions that fuel them..
Bello,molto gradevole,con protagonisti davvero tutti bravi.Fellini dirige il suo esordio e fa già intravedere che non sarà uno qualsiasi.Memorabile l'entrata in scena dello"sceicco bianco";tutte le scene con Sordi hanno un alone di sogno,quel sogno che la sposina vedrà infrangersi con l'amara realtà:Fellini è un maestro nel passare dall'incanto alla crudezza.Deliziosa la scena con la Masina sulla fontana.Da vedere.
I’m not as well acquainted with Fellini as I’d like to be. I fell in love with “8 1/2” from the description alone, long before I ever got around to seeing it. So, I’m pretty sure that I would have… read review
It is I believe a subtle critique of the fascination that Mussolini had for Italians. Fellini understood that the politics of Fascism had a Romantic tinge, but was horribly small and mean at its… read review