It is impressive how gripping it is to watch lowlifes swindle the weakest and most in need, but Fellini managed it with this movie that feel very realistic and the ending feels like life laughing back at you and feel very natural for this film. I liked this film much better than some of Fellini's more known films.
As always, Fellini shows his mastery at the directorial art in this gripping story of an aging scoundrel and his personal journey towards realizing the error of his thieving rapscallion ways. Will he be able to change his moral trajectory, or perhaps it's true what the old proverb says: You can't teach an old dog new tricks?
Fellini is extraordinary because his sensibility never stopped evolving. He reinvented himself in every other film. You will find several shapes of greatness in his oeuvre, and amazingly you will also find a clear fingerprint on every work... Il Bidone is an interesting part of a transition period, but it is not one of his masterworks (despite a magnificent opening and a sublime ending).
De poca monta. Una película que recuerda levemente a la pandilla de "Los inútiles" solo que estos sí trabajan aunque también conviven con sus demonios. Fellini representa fiestas, el exceso, lo que se conduce a lo carnavalesco, esto mediante las caretas que algunos personajes visten. Y así como hay inconformidad, hay también naturaleza, en este caso, la de estafadores.
being in the middle of a life of selfishness and irresponsibility, Augusto had to really hit rock bottom to release himself and finally be capable of redemption; and it was probably necessary for him. Fellini, i found, is superb in portraying desolation, struggle and guilt, and is able to maintain a decided tone even if he displays distinctive elements.