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Intervista is an homage: to film, to Cinecitta, to Fellini cast and crew. In it Fellini richly draws on his memories, dreams and emotions, as often before. Egotistic? What else do any of us have to draw on? It is also laced with a spicy humor based on Fellini's eye for the absurd in people, places and situations which is basic to his work and often overlooked.
The film tells three stories. In the first, Cinecitta in the 40s when the young reporter Fellini first arrived there, to interview an actor; in the second, the heyday of Fellini's career, the 60s, when La Dolce Vita launched him, stars such as Marcello Mastroianni and Italian cinema itself on a triumphant and influential trajectory around the world; in the third Fellini shows us what it is like to make a film now (the 80s) when one is a celebrity, under the burden of expectations from cast and crew members and the public, represented by a Japanese TV crew trying to interview him.
The film is structured as films within film. The young Fellini's first visit to Cinecitta is itself a film, taking place on another lot, while Fellini is busy making a version of Kafka's Amerika.Read more ›
There is, not surprisingly, a film about all those films, the Italian documentary "The Man From Rimini," included on the "Intervista" DVD. The leisurely docu runs an hour, subtitled.
"I don't really consider ('Intervista') a movie," Fellini tells the press as he hits the festival circuit. "It is a friendly chat among close friends."
Those friends are his collaborators at Rome's Cinecitta Studios, whose 50th anniversary inspired "Intervista." Fellini's film is a mockumentary of sorts, in which a Japanese TV crew arrives on the lot to interview the director, who tells them of his first visit to the studio as a young journalist. Fellini, meanwhile, is supposedly adapting Franz Kafka's "Amerika," rounding up the usual surreal suspects for his cast and riding out the production's craziness.
Fellini notes there is "no subject and no screenplay" -- "Intervista" is "a movie made in total freedom." That may explain the Native Americans on horseback who attack his Italian crew, wielding TV antennas as spears.
The movie is best known for its scene with Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg, sentimentally reunited to watch the Trevi Fountain scene from 1960's "La Dolce Vita." (Ekberg says Mastroianni didn't have much time for her on the "Intervista" set.)
Images are widescreen anamorphic (1.85:1), enhanced for 16x9 screens. The transfer looks good, with true flesh tones despite some grain. The "5.1 surround audio" stays front center in surround mode. There is a long annoying stretch in which the sound suffers from a persistent popping sound.
This is a misunderstood film. Fellini tried something new with this picture. At the time of its release, all across Europe it was heralded as a masterpiece, which I think it certainly is. American audiences didn't quite `get it' for the same reason that U.S. audiences don't enjoy non-linear, abstract music like Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Henry, or Iannis Xenakis. (sound effects as music)
`Intervista' is a cavalcadesque montage of moments and so one can conceivably start watching it anywhere and even walk away and miss some of it without losing any of it's intended effect. Fellini himself said that it was a movie made in total freedom and had no subject and no screenplay, like a party you can go to and have a good time without any need or capability of hearing every word of every conversation there. It is certainly nothing like 8 1/2 or any of his other films since there really isn't any plot per se. As my other half and I watched it I was enjoying the concept of theater as atmosphere but she couldn't take it any more and walked out.
In the DVD extras are two interesting items. First is a short called `On the Set' which is a photomontage of stills from the set (including a shot of David Lynch and Isabella Rosalini - An Inland Empire moment of inception?) and at the end, a clip of Fellini talking about the film. Second is an hour long interview by Vincenzo Mollica with Fellini talking about the film called, `Intervista per "Intervista" di Federico Fellini.' (An interview for `Interview' by Fellini).Read more ›
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Intervista, by Federico Fellini, is a wonderful, enchanting film within a film. I would not recommend it to those who are either not Fellini Film fans, or for those who are not... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Smrz
Seller delivered product quickly and in perfect condition. I see this movie as an attempt to move beyond 8 1/2 and directed so that the messaged gained from the movie style is as... Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Paraducks
Old men tend to make art that is shallow, imitative of their earlier, better works, and which would never garner an ounce of praise were it not for their backlog of greater works... Read morePublished on September 12, 2008 by Cosmoetica
If there's ever been a Fellini film that screams, "Retire!", this is it. There are few redeeming qualities here, but the flaws are innumerable. Read morePublished on May 30, 2003 by Rich Needham
for fans of "la dolce vita" this is a must -- a wonderful look forward -- its a reminder to live life to its fullestPublished on December 3, 1999 by bill cannon
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