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Fellini's Roma


Directed by Federico Fellini
Italy, France, 1972


Leisurely one moment and breathless the next, this urban fantasia by Federico Fellini interweaves recollections of the director’s young adulthood in the era of Mussolini with an impressionistic portrait of contemporary Rome, where he and his film crew are gathering footage of the bustling cityscape.

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Fellini's Roma Directed by Federico Fellini

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1972 | Winner: Technical Grand Prize

A phantasmagoria of time and place, Federico Fellini’s Roma keeps unpredictably shifting narrative modes—at turns invoking fictionalized autobiography and documentary realism that’s been painstakingly recreated on a studio soundstage—to convey the ultimate impossibility of ever objectively or even accurately capturing reality on film. Roma is thus fittingly full of narrative dead ends, threads left provocatively dangling.
December 20, 2016
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It is a hybrid in that it mixes various kinds of film: contemporary observation with semifictionalized private memory, pseudodocumentary with pure fantasy. It is jagged because, after the opening sequences in Rimini, it moves backward and forward between time levels and alternates sequences that run on for a long time.
December 14, 2016
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Italia the fatherland, Roma the whore-mother. Federico Fellini’s Eternal City fugue is neither memory (“Oh, you and your damned Proust!”) nor documentary (the craning camera pretending to be following a rain-spattered traffic jam is actually orchestrating it). Imagery is instead arranged in impressionistic, movable blocks that ebb and flow in a sea of molten lava.
September 16, 2009
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