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Roma (Federico Fellini, 1972, 119')
Story and screenplay by Federico Fellini and Bernardino Zapponi, stars Peter Gonzales.
Music by Nino Rota and Carlo Savina, cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno, editing by Ruggero Mastroianni. In Fellini film sequence between I clowns and Amarcord. The film was screened at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, but wasn't entered into the main competition. The film was also selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 45th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
Also known as Fellini's Roma, the film centers on two journeys to Rome by the director. The first is as a young man in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The second is as the director of a film crew creating a movie about Rome. The film alternates these two narratives. The plot is minimal, and the only character to develop significantly is Rome herself. Peter Gonzales plays the young Fellini, and the film features mainly unknowns in the cast. Fellini repeatedly contrasts Roman life in wartime Fascist Italy with its counterpart in the early 1970s.
The wartime scenes emphasise the congregation of neighbors in Rome's public places such as street restaurants, a variety show, and a bomb shelter. With the exception of hippies and a conversational scene with Fellini bemoaning the loss of Roman life with radical students, the analogous congregations of the 1970s are between automobiles and motorcycles. Fellini makes a comparison between the parade of prostitutes at wartime brothels and a fantasy runway fashion show featuring clerical garb and a papal audience.
A succession of Fellini fiests, not only culinary: The liturgic fashion catwalk episode takes the prize, equivalent to the first Catholic western in his Toby Dammit!
170 - Roma (Federico Fellini, 1972, 119') - 21/9/2012