Synopsis: One year in a small northern Italian coastal town in the late 1930s is presented. The slightly off-kilter cast of characters are affected by time and location, the social mores dictated largely by Catholicism and the national fervor surrounding Il Duce aka Benito Mussolini and Fascism. The stories loosely center on a mid-teen named Titta and his household including his adolescent brother, his ever supportive mother who is always defending him against his father, his freeloading maternal Uncle Lallo, and his paternal grandfather who slyly has eyes and hands for the household maid. Other townsfolk include: Gradisca, the town beauty, who can probably have any man she wants, but generally has no one as most think she out of their league; Volpina, the prostitute; Giudizio, the historian; a blind accordionist; and an extremely buxom tobacconist. The several vignettes presented include: the town bonfire in celebration of spring; life at Titta's school with his classmates and teachers; Aurelio
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Federico Fellini
Production: Janus Films
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min


The puffballs!

"When the puffballs come,

then winter is almost gone."

"When the puffballs soar,

then winter is no more."

I've got the best one!

- Ciccio, Iet's go to the seashore.

- Look at this one!

In our town, the puffballs

arrive hand in hand with spring.

These are the sort of puffballs

that drift around,

soaring over the cemetery,

where all rest in peace,

soaring over the beachfront

and the Germans, newly arrived,

who don't feel the cold.

Drifting, drifting...


swirling... swirling...

Drifting, drifting, drifting!

I'm the last of fourteen children.

By then my father had had enough,

so he called me Definitivo.

If he'd had enough sooner,

there'd have been one less chatterer.

Good evening.

See you in the square.

I've come for my sister.

Am l too early?

Your sister's here.

Fiorella, l'm all done.

Come in.

I better calm you down,

you horny beast. What a body!

The bonfire's bigger

this year than last.

You going to the bonfire tonight?

What are you playing?

A brand-new tune l wrote.

Listen to this.

Now, Dad, we'll watch them

light the bonfire, then off to bed.

The doctor says

you must get to bed early.

The doctor's an a**hole.

I'll go to bed when l want.

Then you'll end up in the hospital,

and this time I'll leave you there.

Blockheads! Numskulls!


That's my spot!


- Let me through!

- Listen to this one.

One father can take care

of 1 00 kids,

but 1 00 kids can't take care

of one father. That's the gospel truth.

- I want to set off a firecracker.

- Stay here!

Hey, Giudizio, catch!

I can, I command, l want!

Long live Giudizio!


have you made love today?

How many men did you service?

I bet you even dip a cock

in your morning coffee.

Here she is!

You're the greatest, Gradisca.

Greta Garbo's got nothing on you!

Let's go over there.

Ronald Colman,

we're over here!

Giudizio, take this chair too.

Burn this one too.

Put it on top.

Set the old witch in it.

I'll stuff that chair down your throat!

Take it back home!

The old witch!

The old witch is here!

Let me marry her

before you burn her!

What are you looking at?

I wasn't looking, l swear.

Lay off!

Don't look.

You'll get too excited.

Bring the firecrackers!

Light the bonfire

and burn the old witch!

"Burn away, O witch so old.

Burn the winter and the cold."

Here comes spring!

- I don't have a match.

- But your beloved has, my dear.

Long live the old witch!

Long live Giudizio!

I can, I command, I want!

Where's the ladder?

You want it?

Take it!

Take it!

Hurry! I'm burning up!

In America I saw bonfires

- When were you ever in America?

- My parents are American.

l'll break your neck!

You should hear what my father

can do with his ass!

urray for spring!

- lt gives me a funny feeling.

- Yeah, me too.

But winter's dying

and spring is on its way.

l feel it all over me already!

Our respects, milord.

Our respects, ma'am.

Our respects to you,

little countess.

Drink a little.

lt'll do you good.

Look, even your aunt's drinking.

Good old Lallo!

No one would know you're 60.

Look at that.

Your brother really is an a**hole.

e's just a kid.

Now watch

the Malaysian tiger leap!

Watch it!

You'll catch it

when we get home!

- The heel came off.

- Then he'll have to do without one!

Where's that other

useless ass gone?

Ciccio, throw the big bang

on the fire!

What are you up to?

Off to bed with you!

l'll put you

in boarding school!

lt's Scureza di Corpolo, "The Fart."

Go to it, Scureza!

Bravo, Scureza!

The origins of this town

are lost in the mists of time.

ln the municipal museum,

there are stone implements...

- All the best.

- My respects.

...that date to prehistoric times.

l myself have found

some graffiti of great antiquity

in caves

on Count Lovignano's estate.

Be that as it may, the first date

we know for certain is 268 BC,

when this became a Roman colony

and the start of the Emilian Way.

Mr. Lawyer!

That, too, is characteristic

of the irreverent nature of these people,

who bear Roman and Celtic blood

in their veins.

Theirs is an exuberant,

generous, tenacious nature.

The divine Dante,

Pascoli, D'Annunzio

and many others

have lauded this land,

and innumerable are its sons

who have contributed greatly

to art, science,

religion and politics.

Who is that?

You think you're funny,

but you're too cowardly

to show your face.

Show yourself.

Come out here

and l'll teach you a thing or two!

- Mr. Lawyer.

- Yeah, yeah.


What's all this?

- Shall we take our places?

- lf you insist, headmaster.

But l never come out well

in pictures.

You boys in the back,

get up on the bench.

- What is it now, De Santis?

- lt wasn't me, sir!


Look - it looks like you.

What's going on?


Take your seat.

Put it down her back.

old it like that, please.

What is this?

A stone.

- Yes, but what is it?

- l know.

lt's for a slingshot.

- An elephant's testicle?

l'll tell you.

lt's a pendulum.

You've certainly all seen

a grandfather clock.

And how does it go?

Where did Tiberius retire to

upon giving up command of the empire?


- When was Agrippina killed?

- 69 AD.

Why did you give me a zero?

Wasn't it 69?

lt was 59 AD.

Are you sure?

What do you mean, am l sure?

lt was 59 AD!

Damn it! l knew it!

You'll drive me crazy!

Get back to your seat!

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Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (Italian: [fedeˈriːko felˈliːni]; 20 January 1920 – 31 October 1993) was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness, he is recognized as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. His films have ranked, in polls such as Cahiers du cinéma and Sight & Sound, as some of the greatest films of all time. Sight & Sound lists his 1963 film 8½ as the 10th-greatest film of all time. In a career spanning almost fifty years, Fellini won the Palme d'Or for La Dolce Vita, was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and directed four motion pictures that won Oscars in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. In 1993, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement at the 65th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.Besides La Dolce Vita and 8½, his other well-known films include La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits, Satyricon, Amarcord and Fellini's Casanova. more…

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