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La città delle donne

Federico Fellini Italy, 1980

Duncan Gray's rating of the film City of Women

Fellini's great sin is excess—by the 70s, life with his films means sifting through huge surreal setpieces for moments of pure, dazzling beauty. So I must confess that I was listless for the 1st half, but by the end, I could see why some critics champion it as a Hidden Masterpiece. For movies as loaded as this, don't take anyone's word for it...hit play, hang in there through any unease, and see where it takes you...