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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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Cinecittà: La casa di F. Fellini (2004) See more »

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amusing piece that perhaps loses a fair bit without awareness of the considerable turmoil within Italy at the time

Perhaps not your usual Fellini film, if there is such a thing, but, made between his Casanova (1976) and City of Women (1980), this is an intriguing if rather short and enigmatic piece. Ostensibly a documentary but almost as soon as the musicians begin turning up, all does not seem to be quite as expected. Has the director really found an orchestra with so many oddball characters? Is the German conductor a fascist dictator in disguise? Are the proceedings really to be monitored by a trade union shop steward? Is this more a comment upon Italian politics of the time than a showcase for music? All may be revealed to each upon his or her own viewing and interpretation but for me it is a brave and amusing piece that perhaps loses a fair bit without awareness of the considerable turmoil within Italy at the time. One of the most interesting elements happens to be that Nino Rota wrote the music that is rehearsed and then performed within the film and that it was one of the last things he did before dying the following year, having scored around 150 films including almost every single one for Federico Fellini.


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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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