A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital.



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Complete credited cast:
Peter Gonzales Falcon ...
Fellini, Age 18 (as Peter Gonzales)
Fiona Florence ...
Dolores - Young Prostitute
Britta Barnes
Pia De Doses ...
Princess Domitilla
Guide in the Catacombs
Renato Giovannoli ...
Cardinal Ottaviani
Pharmacist's wife / Cinema spectator
Stefano Mayore ...
Fellini as a Child
Galliano Sbarra ...
Music Hall Compere
Anna Magnani
Ginette Marcelle Bron ...
(as Marcelle-Ginette Bron)
Gore Vidal


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The fall of the Roman Empire 1931-1972.


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15 October 1972 (USA)  »

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Fellini's Roma  »

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Peter Gonzales Falcon's hairstyles are all in the longish 1972 mode, even though the portions of the film in which he appears are supposed to be taking place thirty or more years earlier, at which time men's hair was cut much, much shorter, and would never be worn as it appears in this film. See more »


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A guide to Roma, Fellini style, go see it!
6 April 2005 | by (Tellus) – See all my reviews

Whereas a film like 'Bueno Vista Social Club' depicts a poor city in a charming and loving way this depicts the not so charming aspects of a relatively rich city, still with lots of heart and irony though. We get several episodes in this non-documentary like one about traffic, one about whorehouses, one about peaceful hippies being beaten by the police, one about the digging of tunnels for the metro system and so on. There is a frame story about Fellini, first about the young Fellini learning about the old Roma, then about how Roma is now, its not so important, but its well integrated into the whole story and shows how personal this film is.

We get bombarded with the rude, the noisy and the chaos, as usual for Fellini a lots of things are happening all the time so don't watch it while not up and awake so to speak. The implications are many, the comments likewise. Its never sentimental, but it still opts for change.

Wait a minute, isn't the Vatican in Roma(in double sense)? Well, check for yourself.

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