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Orchestra Rehearsal (1978)

Prova d'orchestra (original title)
An orchestra assmbles for a rehearsal in an ancient chapel under the inquisive eyes of a TV documentary crew, but an uprising breaks out.

Director:

Federico Fellini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Balduin Baas Balduin Baas ... Conductor
Clara Colosimo Clara Colosimo ... Harp player
Elizabeth Labi Elizabeth Labi ... Piano player
Ronaldo Bonacchi Ronaldo Bonacchi ... Bassoon player
Ferdinando Villella Ferdinando Villella ... Cello player
Franco Javarone Franco Javarone ... Bass tuba player (as Giovanni Javarone)
David Maunsell David Maunsell ... First violin
Francesco Aluigi Francesco Aluigi ... Second violin
Andy Miller Andy Miller ... Oboe player
Sibyl Mostert Sibyl Mostert ... Flute player
Franco Mazzieri Franco Mazzieri ... Trumpet player
Daniele Pagani Daniele Pagani ... Trombone player
Luigi Uzzo Luigi Uzzo ... Violin player
Cesare Martignon Cesare Martignon ... Clarinet player
Umberto Zuanelli Umberto Zuanelli ... Copyist
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Decline of the West in C# Major

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

22 February 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Federico Fellini's Orchestra Rehearsal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When they are interviewing the first violinists, you can see that the harpist in the background is not playing but you can hear harp music playing. See more »

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A 'documentary'?
12 January 2007 | by ecaprarieSee all my reviews

It is rather neglected a movie by Fellini, but I agree with those who see it as a 'metaphor' of the Italian society; not of the Italian society in general, but of the Italian society at the end of the '70s. After 1968, there was turmoil in the country and the artist's message is quite clear, apparently: prolonged social strife can lead to dictatorial outcomes. The message is not so clear at the beginning of the film and it might be seen as a sort of a 'documentary', but when that huge stone 'ball' starts pounding on the building where the 'orchestra' are rehearsing and a faraway voice starts becoming more and more clear and strong, Fellini's message becomes obvious.


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