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For the price of one ticket, this special cinephilic-minded program provides access to two marvelous movies: Federico Fellini's surreal and enchanting final feature, The Voice of the Moon, and Evgeny Ruman's Golden Voices, an offbeat romance about two cinema professionals who heroically strive to get Fellini's film released in Israel.

Comedian and Oscar-winning actor Roberto Benigni stars in the final feature from the legendary Federico Fellini, concluding a career that stretched over fifty years in the Italian film industry. Adapted from a novel by Ermano Cavazzoni, The Voice of the Moon’s story centers around Ivo Salvini (Benigni), recently released from a mental hospital and in love with Aldini (Nadia Ottaviani). As he attempts to win her heart, he wanders a strange, dreamlike landscape and encounters various oddball characters including Gonnella (Paolo Villagio), a paranoid old man prone to conspiracy theories. Like his similarly nostalgic and surreal Amarcord, The Voice of the Moon takes place in the Emilia-Romagna countryside of Fellini’s youth but filmed on wonderfully elaborate sets at the director’s beloved Cinecitta studios. Voice also offers another variation on Fellini’s innocent-adrift-in-a-brutal-world structure that was earlier explored in La Strada and Nights of Cabiria. Upon its original release, Voice emerged without fanfare: it played the Cannes Film Festival after its Italian premiere but was never distributed in the U.S. Now, you can discover this odd and entrancing gem for yourself, in a recent restoration courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive. (JH)

  • Year
  • Runtime
    121 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Italy, France
  • Director
    Federico Fellini
  • Screenwriter
    Ermanno Cavazzoni, Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli
  • Producer
    Mario Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi Gori
  • Cast
    Roberto Benigni, Paolo Villaggio, Nadia Ottaviani, Marisa Tomasi
  • Cinematographer
    Tonino Delli Colli
  • Editor
    Nino Baragli
  • Music
    Nicola Piovani