by Federico Fellini
Country: Italy
Year: 1972
Duration: 120'

Rome is the restaurants where you eat cacio and pepper in a whirlwind
of plates and people. Rome is seedy bordellos, but also high-class
whorehouses where the gentlemen are welcomed by an elegant madam.
It is ecclesiastical opulence that becomes a true fashion show, the
opening number at the Ambra Jovinelli and even the chance discovery
of a Roman fresco that had been hidden for centuries. Immense and
voracious, this is how Fellini saw Rome when he first arrived as a young
man from the provinces. But, during the Seventies, to the adult gaze
of the great director, the city appears chaotic and familiar.

“‘What is Rome?’ It is a horizontal city, an ideal platform for fantastic
flight. Artists, who always live in a state of friction between reality and
fantasy, find the ideal thrust for their mental activity here; with the
comfort of an umbilical cord that keeps them firmly attached to
concreteness. Rome is the ideal mother because she is indifferent.
She is a mother with too many children and, thus, she can’t dedicate
herself to you, she doesn’t ask anything of you, she doesn’t expect
anything. She welcomes you when you arrive, she lets you go when
you leave, like Kafka’s courthouse.”


film director

Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini (Rimini, Italy, 1920-Rome, Italy, 1993) moved to Rome in 1939; he got his start there as a cartoonist for “Marc’Aurelio,” and later collaborated as a screenwriter for directors such as Lattuada, Germi and Rossellini. His first feature film, which he made together with Alberto Lattuada in 1950, was Variety Lights; two years later he made The White Sheik, followed by I Vitelloni, which won a Silver Lion in Venice. In 1954, he won an Oscar with The Road and this success was repeated three years later with another Oscar for Nights of Cabiria. In 1960, he directed La Dolce Vita, which won a Golden Palm in Cannes. In 1963, he directed 8 1/2 and one decade later he won his fourth Oscar with Amarcord. The Voice of the Moon (1990) was his final film and in 1993 he received an Oscar for lifetime achievement.


Luci del varietà (coregia/codirector Alberto Lattuada, 1950), Lo sceicco bianco (1952), I vitelloni (1953), La strada (1954), Il bidone (1955), Le notti di Cabiria (1957), La dolce vita (1960), Boccaccio ’70 (ep. Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio, 1962), 8 1/2 (1963), Giulietta degli spiriti (1965), Tre passi nel delirio (ep. Toby Dammit, 1968), Fellini - Satyricon (1969), Roma (1972), Amarcord (1973), Il Casanova di Federico Fellini (1976), Prova d’orchestra (1978), La città delle donne (1980), E la nave va (1983), Ginger e Fred (1986), Intervista (1987), La voce della luna (1990).


& Credits

Federico Fellini
soggetto, sceneggiatura/
story, screenplay
Federico Fellini,
Bernardino Zapponi
Giuseppe Rotunno
montaggio/film editing
Ruggero Mastroianni
scenografia, costumi/
production design,
costume design
Danilo Donati
Nino Rota
interpreti e personaggi/
cast and characters
Peter Gonzales
(Fellini a 18 anni/at 18),
Fiona Florence (Dolores),
Britta Barnes,
Pia De Doses
(la principessa/Princess
Domitilla), Marne Maitland
(guida alle catacombe/
Catacombs Guide),
Renato Giovandoli
(il cardinale/Cardinal
Ottaviani), Galliano Sbarra
(il presentatore/Showman),
Anna Magnani,
Marcello Mastroianni,
Alberto Sordi,
Gore Vidal
Turi Vasile
Ultra Film,
Les Productions
Artistes Associés