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?
Although a clip from Beau Geste
(1939) is seen, the posters featuring Gary Cooper
promote two fictional films 'La valle dell'amore' ('The Valley of Love') and 'Il sole del deserto' ('The Desert Sun'). See more
The banners promoting the Mille Miglia indicate that it was the seventh event (VII). However, the seventh running of the event was in 1933, and Beau Geste
was not released until 1939. The Mille Miglia was not held in 1939. See more
When the puffballs come, cold winter's almost gone.
Referenced in Malèna
Written by Harold Arlen
and Ted Koehler
This tune is heard several times during the film. See more