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Something of a late-career companion to 8½,Federico Fellini’s penultimate film is a similarly self-reflexive (and self-deprecating) journey through both the director’s dream life and his cinematic world—which are, here as always in Fellini’s work, inextricably entwined. In Rome to make a documentary about the great filmmaker, a Japanese camera crew follows Fellini on a tour through his longtime home studio of Cinecittà as the maestro’s memories and fantasies unfurl in a dizzying, dazzling, time-bending love letter to the art and spectacle of moviemaking. The film’s sprawling vision even makes room for an appearance by Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg who, in an unforgettable bit of movie magic, relive their iconic Trevi Fountain scene from La dolce vita, lent new poignancy by the tacit acknowledgement of time’s passing.

  • Year
    1987
  • Runtime
    106 minutes
  • Language
    Italian
  • Country
    Italy
  • Director
    Federico Fellini
  • Screenwriter
    Federico Fellini, Gianfranco Angelucci
  • Producer
    Ibrahim Moussa, Pietro Notarianni
  • Cast
    Anita Ekberg, Marcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini
  • Cinematographer
    Tonino Delli Colli
  • Editor
    Nino Baragli
  • Production Design
    Danilo Donati
  • Composer
    Nicola Piovani