A virtually plotless, gaudy, impressionistic portrait of Rome through the eyes of one of its most famous citizens. blending autobiography (a reconstruction of Fellini's own arrival in Rome during the Mussolini years; a trip to a brothel and a music-hall) with scenes from present-day Roman life (a massive traffic jam on the autostrada; a raucous journey through Rome after dark; following an archaeological team through the site of the Rome subways; an unforgettable ecclesiastical fashion show)
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The fall of the Roman Empire 1931-1972.
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #848. See more
One of the engineers says, "We merely wanted to resolve the traffic problem with a subway like Munich's or Dublin's." But Dublin had no subway in 1972 and still doesn't have one; the current plan is to have one operational by 2027. See more
You ask me why an American writer would want to live in Rome. First of all, because I like Romans. They don't give a damn if you're dead or alive. They're neutral, like cats. Rome is the city of illusions. It's not merely by chance that you have the church, the government, the cinema. They each produce illusions, like you do and like I do.
Scenes featuring appearances by Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi as themselves (being interviewed during the "Trastevere" segment) have been removed from most non-Italian versions and from the Italian TV version. They are also missing from the R2 DVD published in Italy by Istituto Luce but have been included as additional features along with 11 other deleted scenes on the 2014 UK Masters of Cinema Blu-ray and DVD release. See more
Referenced in Butterfly