Archive Fever! 5.0: Twenty Years After Il Maestro
dir. Federico Fellini, Italy, 1972, 35mm, Italian w/ English subtitles, 119 min.
Victoria Kirkham - Professor Emerita
of Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania
‘In our opinion, Roma is not as magnificent as La dolce vita and Otto e mezzo, but it is one of the most opulent and funny portraits of Rome. The author’s personality is more strongly expressed, and shows the inventiveness of a talented man. The city depicted in Roma is not the one described by history books, tourist guides or football team fans; it is not Pasolini’s crude city or Moravia’s gloomy city. It is a Rome of an artist who made his career and still is like Moraldo in I Vitelloni; an artist who is now trying to illustrate the features of one of most enigmatic and mysterious historical cities. He thus evokes private ghosts and endlessly talks to his friends at cafés’.