The most Italian of German films that is also the most German of Italian films. Built by hyper-realistic blocks, on which is coupled excess of baroque opera with the German expressionism, this is the film that apparently inserted in a traditional narrative, Schroeter leads to a quintessence his method of exponentiation of cinematographic materials. One of the most musically beautiful films of the last century.
It is difficult to describe a Schroeter film, because the correspondence of the experience and text is difficult.It is a chronicle of life in postwar Italy, post-realist. The world of dream coexists with reality, tragicomic and absurd. The use of color in Schroeter's films is breathtaking and this is no exception. Fellini-esque at times, but a film that bears Schroeter's signature all over.