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Rome. As in Romulus and Remus, the river Tiber, Julius Caesar, the Colisseum, it's a city steeped in history as a great empire that rose and fell, and the film starts with Caesar and the crossing of the Rubicon, and how he is still revered in school. There is even a statue of Caesar in his town: "apart from his usefulness to the pigeons, he was a common meeting place for the town."
Speaking of common meeting places, there are two scenes where that aspect is emphasized. Fellini recalls of the apartment block where he stayed for a while, agog at the various characters, crying children, scolding mothers, etc. Eating was taken seriously, and who ate? Kids, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents, friends, friends of friends... there must have been at least a hundred or so people at the dinner feast. As one woman tells him, "They say eat alone, the devil cheers. Eat with friends, the devil jeers." The table is rife with complaints, insults, greetings, even a little girl who sings an obscene song, eliciting laughter and scandalized looks. Similarly, there is the Festa De Noantri, the Festival Of Ourselves, where the Romans celebrate themselves, and the celebrants are either long-time residents or people who thought they were passing by and stayed forever.Read more ›
This is definitely a film which needs to be seen more than once, and does fit in with other Fellini films, everything from Satyricon (the same loopy lack of narrative structure) to City of Women (everything from the fabulous bordello scenes to the boxing match). This is not the best Fellini (the two aforementioned films and 8 1/2 (release it on dvd dammit) and And the Ship Sailed On), but it is an interesting journey. Hippies and the colleseum are well worth the time. Four stars out of a possible five from me.
If all of this is a bit rich then you you can sit back and think about the ways in which Fellini is putting together not just a string of autobiographical sketches but also commenting on his own movie making. His camera, mounted on a boom, keeps coming back into the movie with questions about what can be seen, what this movie could be about be about; hippies, politics, the Roman Empire. Or should it be about the ways in which we destroy the past when we try to resurrect it? The air of the present destroys 2,000 year old frescoes.
This is a great movie, worth watching again and again.
This isn't a film for children. It IS a film you simply must see!
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A very excellent movie that brings out the charm and quirkiness of the director.Published 7 months ago by P. Mulloy
Ah, Fellini. Very good copy of the original. I first saw this 40 years ago. Enjoyed it then and do so now.Published 20 months ago by Philip McDaniel
BOCCACIO 70, THREE WOMEN, LA STRADA, LA DOLCE VITA, MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE, are some of my favorite CINEMA ITALIANO , I ordered ROMA based on the "RAVE REVUEZ" of the previous... Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by EL GRAN RAFA
This MGM DVD issue is now nearly 13 years old. In 2001 not many people had widescreen HDTV's. So this DVD was issued with the old tube TVs in mind. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by rater25
FELLINI'S ROMA is a compelling piece ofwork, a visual treat for the senses from start to finish. If viewers expect a logical plot and characterization, they will be disappointed:... Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Dr. Laurence Raw
After watching this movie I am pretty sure it was not funded by the Rome Touristic Board. Crude, dirty, rainy, hot, sweaty, disorganized, all round mess it depicts almost every... Read morePublished on April 8, 2010 by Amazon Customer
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