Roma

Roma

DVD - 2016 | Italian
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"Travelogue, memoir and outrageous cinematic spectacle converge in this kaleidoscopic valentine to the Eternal City, composed by one of its most iconic inhabitants. Leisurely one moment and breathless the next, this urban fantasia by Federico Fellini interweaves recollections of the director's young adulthood in the era of Mussolini with an impressionistic portrait of contemporary Rome, where he and his film crew are shooting footage of the bustling cityscape"--Container.

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Maoisdead
Jun 30, 2017

For those of you unfamiliar with the works of the late, great Italian director, Federico Fellini, ROMA is one of those films that gives you a small view of the pacing and style of his filmmaking. It is at once gaudy, bawdy, scenic, lovely and horrifying. Sometimes these feelings are simultaneous and other times they are sequential. For me, Roma felt like a series of animated postcards, taking a glimpse at "contemporary" Rome (the Rome of the 1970s, when this film was shot) in contrast with the Rome of decades before (the age of El Deuce and the height of Fascist rule). We see boisterous scenes from street life, a "typical" evening in an outdoor restaurant, shots comparing the "free love" attitude of the late 1960s and early 1970s with brothels of the 1930s, and just incidental shots of a colorful array of characters interacting with each other. Some of the venues include a burlesque theater, movie house and even a cathedral, where the cardinal pays a visit and stays for a one-of-a-kind fashion show, featuring the latest styles for priests and nuns (you just have to see the habits for yourself, to believe that they exist on film ).

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Calvacade
Jun 30, 2017

Travelogue, memoir, and outrageous cinematic spectacle converge in this kaleidoscopic valentine to the Eternal City, composed by one of its most iconic inhabitants. Leisurely one moment and breathless the next, this urban fantasia by Federico Fellini (8 1/2, La dolce vita) interweaves recollections of the director s young adulthood in the era of Mussolini with an impressionistic portrait of contemporary Rome, where he and his film crew are gathering footage of the bustling cityscape. The material delights of sex, food, nightlife, and one hallucinatory ecclesiastical fashion show are shot through with glimmers of a monumental past: the Colosseum encircled by traffic, ancient frescoes unearthed in a subway tunnel, a pigeon-befouled statue of Caesar. With a head-spinning mix of documentary immediacy and extravagant artifice, Roma penetrates the myth and mystique of Italy s storied capital, a city Fellini called 'the most wonderful movie set in the world.'

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ms_mustard
Jun 14, 2017

much of it dimly lit and chaotic - my favourite part is the ecclesiastical fashion show starting around minute 92 (of 120)
I can't say I understood it but I watched it because it is Fellini.

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VonHafenstaaad
Apr 20, 2017

One of the master's greatest films from his improvisational experimental period... Structurally it's complex, could even be seen as messy! Overall it's a series of tableau's that relate as different perspectives of the immortal city. There's a slight through-line of a young man from a small Italian town (Fellini?) experiencing Rome for the first time, but that disappears fast and we are treated to many amazing "stories." There's a very surreal (both hilarious and terrifying!) ecclesiastical fashion show being performed for a humble woman lost in nostalgia; a ride into the underground as a secret chamber of frescoes is uncovered, and inadvertently destroyed; of course a trip to the brothels (it's Fellini after all!)... We're even taken for a early morning ride among a gang of motorcycles. It's filled to the brim with hilarious, colorful, usually mystifying details and scenes. But if you are looking for a film with one plot, this one is not for you!

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lindy919
Feb 28, 2017

Yet another abomination by Europe's most over-rated director, Federico Fellini. I like foreign films but I can not understand how anyone other than elderly Italians (i.e. actually born in 1940s Italy) or pretentious film students can watch an entire film by this man. I lasted through 15 minutes of this nonsense before I turned it off. The IMDB describes it as : "A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital." As if that is supposed to be some sort of tribute.

Terrible.
Awful.
Unwatchable.

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TheeAvebury
May 13, 2015

Fellini's love letter to Rome.

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Nursebob
Jan 22, 2015

Fellini’s decidedly skewed homage to the Eternal City , circa WWII to 1972, is less a love letter than a collection of outrageous postcards. Through a series of disjointed narratives and giddy flashbacks he presents us with a city full of spectacles and absurdities, where silent monuments to past glory stand cheek to jowl with raucous images of contemporary excess. But even as Romans lose touch with their past they seem doomed to repeat it with images of “Il Duce” standing in for Julius Caesar and drunken revelers taking part in modern bacchanals. In one sobering scene ancient frescoes in a newly discovered catacomb fade and disappear upon being exposed to “modern air”...but as the last painted face turns to dust we see that some of the ancient Romans bore an uncanny resemblance to their modern counterparts. In another episode, my personal favourite, an ecclesiastical fashion show meant to highlight the latest in Vatican wardrobes begins as an hysterical satire on the church’s affluence but gradually turns into something far more caustic with the pope himself becoming an object of pagan idolatry. There is no doubt that Fellini loves his city with all its illusions and chaos. Scenes of debauchery and hedonism are offset by quiet moments of contemplation and innocent humour. The final scene in which a mob of young people on motorcycles circle the city like a plague of locusts brings the whole work to a satisfying, if somewhat abrupt, conclusion. Loud, crass and self-indulgent for sure, but an exhilarating trip nonetheless.

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 19, 2012

This 1972 film by Fellini is not his best work. The film jumps around a bit and is without a plot. But if you are a Fellini fan, it still offers much to enjoy.

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