Fellini's Roma + Introduction by Alessandro Carrera

Architecture on Film

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100 years to the day after Fellini’s birth, the UK premiere of Cineteca di Bologna’s new 4K restoration of the Italian director’s lavish love letter to the Eternal City.

Arriving in 1930s Rome during the time of Mussolini, ‘Fellini’ (Peter Gonzales) arrives to an eccentric boarding house. Pleasures of gastronomy and the flesh, the sacred and profane, saturate a portrait of the physical and psychic city as the film proceeds into the present (1971), finding Roman ruins, a new ring-road, brothels, hippies and even – in the unforgettable ‘Ecclesiastical Fashion Show’ – roller-skating priests.

Featuring cameos from Gore Vidal and Anna Magnani, and music by Nino Rota, Fellini’s open, episodic collage of fantastical tableaux conjures a truly idiosyncratic piece of exuberant cinema, folding Rome and Fellini’s biographies into a single, surreal imaginarium.

This screening is introduced by Alessandro Carrera, director of Italian Studies at the University of Houston, Texas, and author of Fellini’s Eternal Rome

Italy, France 1972 Frederico Fellini 130 min

Curated by the Architecture Foundation

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