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ROMA (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Federico FELLINI
ROMA (Masters of Cinema) (Blu-ray) Blu-ray ~ Federico FELLINI
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fellini and the City, 22 Mar 2014
Masters of Cinema continue to deliver a definitive and outstanding package of second tier Fellini titles. Following Fellini's CITY OF WOMEN (1980) and IL BIDONE (1955), their latest offering of ROMA (1972) will make a die-hard Fellini fans mouth drool, but realistically, the film itself might not convert any non-believers to the holy church of Fellini; though there are those who would place the film among Fellini's all-time best.

Better when viewed as an unconventional fantasy/quasi-documentary along the lines of I CLOWNS (1970), ROMA seems like a warm-up for Fellini's last great masterwork AMARCORD (1973). Just as AMARCORD was a film about rumination and the illusion of a… Read more
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fellini is commonly regarded as one of the top five greatest film directors who ever lived. In addition to that honorable distinction, he also holds the number one rank for many as their all-time favorite. He is responsible for at least six of the greatest films ever made: I Vitelloni; La Strada; Nights of Cabiria; La Dolce Vita; 8½; and Amarcord. Despite some truly memorable visuals and classic set-pieces, Fellini's City of Women is not one of his best films, but it is far from the travesty that some people (including Andrei Tarkovsky) have made it out to be.

What started out as an aborted collaboration with Ingmar Bergman (another top five greatest film director candidate),… Read more