Cinema: Dissonance

ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL Directed and Written by Federico Fellini

The burnt-out visions of the catastrophic Casanova behind him, Federico Fellini has returned to film making in a new guise. Orchestra Rehearsal, a 70-minute movie originally made for Italian television, marks Fellini's debut as a political artist. Perhaps the change was inevitable. This director's latent pessimism matches perfectly the gloomy social landscape of chaotic contemporary Italy. Or so one might hope. In Rehearsal, Fellini is so enthralled by his polemic that he forgets to let his imagination take flight. A film that should have been...

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