Fellini’s Roma


With Peter Gonzales| Fiona Florence| Britta Barnes. Italy-France| 1972. English version. Colour. 122 min.

Though there are occasional forays into location shooting, Roma is mainly a tour de force of studio evocation; the warm, embracing chaos of a young man’s arrival in Rome in the late 1930s; the infernal quality of arrival today, stuck in traffic, braziers flickering against hard, driving rain; a 1940s brothel, more intimidating than seductive; a fashion show for clerics; and, hauntingly, archaeologists discovering exquisite frescoes that fade even as they watch.

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