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In a Medieval Roman chapel, now an oratorio, an elderly factotum sets up for rehearsal. The musicians arrive, joking and teasing. A union shop steward explains that a TV crew is there, talking to them is optional, and there will be no extra compensation. Musicians talk about their instruments. The German conductor arrives and puts them through their paces. He yells, he insults. The shop steward calls a 20 minute break. The conductor retreats to his dressing room and talks about how the world of music has changed, moving away from respect for the conductor. He returns to the rehearsal to find the orchestra in full revolt. What can bring them back to the music? Written by
While the unchained genius who broke off with Neorealism to build up his own personal brand of art reaches such absolute heights of delirium as in "Satyricon", "Casanova" or "E la nave va", here he is grave, pondered, sober, using a very fine irony to cast on his message about human society.
One can relate this movie rather to "I Clowns", "Roma" and "Amarcord". Splendid in everything, and deeply permeated by the Great Federico's bright mind. Some people go even to declare it the best Fellini ever - and it wouldn't be too easy to contradict them!
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