Cinema: Fellini Primer

FELLINI'S ROMA

Directed by FEDERICO FELLINI

Screenplay by FEDERICO FELLINI and BERNARDINO ZAPPONI

This is a Fellini movie for people who have never seen a Fellini movie. The images spill in torrents from the screen; the air of a carnival turning into a bacchanal is everywhere. So, alas, is the sense of déjà vu. Fellini has taken us all on this guided tour of his tumid nether world too many times before.

"This is the story of a city, a portrait of Rome," Fellini's voice instructs as the credits flash by, "a mixture of strange,...

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