A year in the life of a small Italian coastal town in the nineteen-thirties, as is recalled by a director with a superstar's access to the resources of the Italian film industry and a piper's command over our imaginations. Federico Fellini's film combines the free form and make-believe splendor with the comic, bittersweet feeling for character and narrative we remember from some of his best films of the 1950s. The town in the film is based on Rimini, where Mr. Fellini grew up. Yet there is now something magical, larger-than-life about the town, its citizens and many of the things that happen to them. Written by
The Fantastic World of Fellini!
Did You Know?
Director Federico Fellini
has denied that the movie is autobiographical, but agreed that there are similarities with his own childhood. See more
When the carriage is hidden behind the farmhouse, its position in relation to the shadow changes between shots. As it is driven behind the building, it is in shadow; when next shown it is out of the shadow. See more
When the puffballs come, cold winter's almost gone.
Referenced in Wild Man Blues
Music by Aram Khachaturyan See more