Synopsis: A virtually plotless, gaudy, impressionistic portrait of Rome through the eyes of one of its most famous citizens. blending autobiography (a reconstruction of Fellini's own arrival in Rome during the Mussolini years; a trip to a brothel and a music-hall) with scenes from present-day Roman life (a massive traffic jam on the autostrada; a raucous journey through Rome after dark; following an archaeological team through the site of the Rome subways; an unforgettable ecclesiastical fashion show)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Federico Fellini
Production: Italnoleggio
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

- He's written from America.

- What's he say?

They eat everything

out of cans over there.

The first image of Rome

was a centuries-old stone...

rising out of the fields

just outside my hometown.

Later on, at school, we were told

other interesting things about Rome.

This is the Rubicon...

the river Julius Caesar crossed,

saying, "Alea iacta est!"

- Take off your shoes, children.

- Take off your shoes...

and we'll cross

the river together.

Alea iacta est!

- To Rome.

- To Rome!

"Now we've got another meanie

by the name of Mussolini.

Julius Caesar took a chance

and led his army into France.

In those days the French were Gauls

and Caesar a man with balls. "

Bring me then Metellus Cimbers's

petition and I shall examine it.

And now, hands,

speak for me.

You too, Brutus.

My son.

Julius Caesar.

Sir, if I may say so,

last night you had us all in tears.

It was a real

artistic performance.

Eternal gratitude

to our humble webfooted friends.

To our humble webfooted friends

with their excited quacking.

It is always that one, sir.

Always the same one.

Woke the soldiers who picked up

their weapons and saved Rome.

And you can hear their descendants

quacking right outside the window.

Careful, now. Careful.

Return to your seats.

I won't tolerate any disorder.

Stop it.

You are not out in the streets now.

You're in school!

Barbetti! Stacchiotti! Barilazzi!

I'll beat you to death, by God!

In "saecula saeculorum," amen.

On your feet.




Silence. Order.

Order and silence.

The bronze she-wolf

at the Capitol.

Santa Maria Maggiore,

one of the four Roman basilicas.

The tomb of Cecilia Metella

on the Appia Antica.

The Arch of Constantine.

The altar of the fatherland.

St. Peter's,

Holy Mother Church's greatest temple.

Turn it off!

Turn on the lights, somebody!

The lights!

Don't look, children.

Close your eyes. It's the devil.

Whoever looks will go to hell.

Keep your eyes closed.

- It's the devil! The devil!

- Good Lord! On your feet!

But church bells

are the voice of God.

We should turn

on the radio, signora.

- There's a blessing from the Pope.

-Just bring the soup here, you idiot!

- Stay where you are!

- But, Severino, it's a papal blessing.

So put it on the salad!

- Shame on you. You'll go to hell.

- Stay where you are.

On your knees. Don't pay attention

to your good-for-nothing father.

Drop dead, you old bat!

For heaven's sake, folks, there's

no need to push. We've got enough seats.

Three adults, two children

and one maid. What?

Full price for a maid?

Well, I'll be damned.

Shut up!

Adele, keep an eye on that kid.

Carmela, the baby!

Hang on to my coat and follow me.

Excuse me. Pardon me.

Besides, there's three shows today.

Come back later.

May the gods smile upon you,


I have come

to bid you farewell.

With what adventures,

Priscilla the Christian?

I have a generous nature.

But vengeance is a temptress.

- Be on your guard, both of you.

-And yet, I love her.

No, no, have mercy!

I beg you, mercy!

Let me go!

There are some seats. Hurry! Adele!

Leonina! You sit over there.

- My wife's purse was on that seat.

- Purses don't count.

Carmela, the baby!

Sir, you are an ill-mannered boor,

that's what you are.

And you don't seem to realize who I am.

I'm the school principal, that's who.

The principal, understand?

the parade of October 28

was in an atmosphere of enthusiasm.

The entire city was there to greet

our leader and proclaim its faith...

in the glorious and indomitable

destiny of the imperial fatherland.

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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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