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A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital, most of it based on director Federico Fellini's life.

Director:

Federico Fellini

Writers:

Federico Fellini (story), Bernardino Zapponi (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Gonzales Falcon Peter Gonzales Falcon ... Fellini, Age 18 (as Peter Gonzales)
Fiona Florence Fiona Florence ... Dolores - Young Prostitute
Britta Barnes Britta Barnes
Pia De Doses Pia De Doses ... Princess Domitilla
Marne Maitland ... Guide in the Catacombs
Renato Giovannoli Renato Giovannoli ... Cardinal Ottaviani
Elisa Mainardi ... Pharmacist's wife / Cinema spectator
Stefano Mayore Stefano Mayore ... Fellini as a Child
Galliano Sbarra Galliano Sbarra ... Music Hall Compere
Anna Magnani ... Anna Magnani
Ginette Marcelle Bron Ginette Marcelle Bron ... (as Marcelle-Ginette Bron)
Gore Vidal ... Himself
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Storyline

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) Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Take a tour with Fellini through the eternal city. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | German | English | French | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

15 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fellini's Roma See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A bastardized version of Ravel's "Bolero" (apparently arranged by Nino Rota) is played by the pit orchestra during the Vaudeville-esque variety show. See more »

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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 »

Alternate Versions

The Italian version has only a few voiceovers by Federico Fellini at the beginning of some scenes. The english-language version features an additional first person narration through most of the film giving more background information to help non-italian viewers. This voiceover starts immediately during the title credits informing the viewer that the film they're about to see doesn't have a 'story' in the traditional sense with plot and characters, but is a semi-documentary about a city. See more »

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Roma
28 May 2005 | by paolodriussiSee all my reviews

Roma explores the city of Rome from several different perspectives, giving it a mystical life of its own that hangs in the balance between its rich history and its modern identity. With no real chronology, Roma is a tapestry of bizarre scenes and familiar images that blend together into a gorgeous visual carnival. Typical of Fellini, with the carnival comes a critique--and Roma tears through the city's political and religious history, satirizing the Catholic church and various faces of Italian government from Renaissance times through Mussolini's reign and on into the 1960s. While the camera lavishes affectionately over Rome's art and architecture and is clearly a tribute to the Eternal City, most of the sets in the film are constructed, reinforcing Fellini's narrative imagination and keeping viewers caught in a perpetual contradiction between reality and fantasy, history and the present, fact and fiction.


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