A hard to classify film experiment by Fellini, his anti-'8 1/2' really, this surreal parable about deeply authoritarian structures of thinking even among radical revolutionaries is cinematically less spectacular than other of his films, but it nonetheless features some astonishing epiphanies (i.e. the gigantic metronome), a brilliant anticipation of technocratic rule. A minor work of a genius with plenty to admire!
While not a masterpiece, this is one of Fellini's most underrated and interesting as it almost seems to be an autocritique of his greatest film, 8½. Whereas the latter is monotheist, putting the director at the center of the creation, Orchestra Rehearsal is pantheist as it views each musician as an astral body where his own internal concerns and relations gravitate. Only once these stars align, is art achieved