A renowned film producer is found dead in the river Tiber. The main suspects are three young aspiring screenwriters. In the course of one night in the police station, they go through their tumultuous, emotional and ironic journey in the streets of Rome, in the final throes of the glorious era of the great Italian cinema.Written by
This film just worked for me on so many levels. On the surface it is a fast paced caper about three aspiring screenwriters who meet in Rome in 1990 and end up being investigated over the death of a washed up film producer at a time when Italian cinema was still in the thrall of a generation of ageing great directors and exhausted by commercial constraints and cynicism.
Being a film about screenwriters it is full of verbal fireworks that will leave even the speedier subtitle reader flailing in its wake and being a film about Italian cinema it is full of philosophical asides and in-jokes th a cheerfully flee over my head as I went along for the ride. It is also a film about Italian people that is full of mishap, furious romantic misunderstandings, sharply observed misogyny. Lastly it's a film about life, the freewheeling camerawork follows our heroes fearlessly through cinemas and film sets, cafes, bars, hillside villas, basement apartments and the streets of Rome, it is a dizzying and chaotic ride ( the similarities to Fellini's La Dolce Vita are not accidental) But beneath all the business and sophistication this film is also s plea for a more engaged and observational cinema. It is a film that rewards curiosity and finds its heart.
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