Cinecitta, the huge movie studio outside Rome, is 50 years old and Fellini is interviewed by a Japanese TV crew about the films he has made there over the years as he begins production on ... See full summary »
Six separate episodes: would-be suicides discuss their despair. A provincial dance hall. An investigative reporter posing as a husband-to-be. A young unwed mother. Girl-watching techniques of Italian men. A glimpse into prostitution.
In 1914, a luxury ship leaves Italy in order to scatter the ashes of a famous opera singer. A lovable bumbling journalist chronicles the voyage and meets the singer's many eccentric friends and admirers.
Amelia and Pippo are reunited after several decades to perform their old music-hall act (imitating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) on a TV variety show. It's both a touchingly nostalgic ... See full summary »
Aging small-time con man Augusto, who swindles peasants, works with two younger men: Roberto, who wants to become the Italian Johnny Ray, and Bruno, nicknamed Picasso, who has a wife and daughter and wants to paint. Augusto avoids the personal entanglements, spending money at clubs seeking the good life. His attitude changes when he runs into his own daughter, whom he rarely sees, and realizes she's now a young woman and in need of his help to continue her studies. His usual partners are away, so he goes in with others to run a swindle, and they aren't forgiving when he claims he's given the money back to their mark. They leave him beaten, robbed, and alone.Written by
I've seen LA STRADA a few times, but had never even heard of IL BIDONE. Spotted it among a batch of new DVDS at a friend's place, and gaped at it, amazed. Broderick Crawford (?!) in a Fellini? This I HAD to see! Took it home, popped it in...and was completely blown away. A great performance from Crawford, many indelible moments, and an emotionally shattering climax. In many ways I preferred it to LA STRADA -- felt it was less manipulative. Dug out the various movie guides, read some reviews, and learned it was part of Fellini's "Trilogy of Loneliness" -- LA STRADA, IL BIDONE & NIGHTS OF CABIRIA. So I sought out CABIRIA and enjoyed it immensely as well.
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