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A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital, most of it based on director Federico Fellini's life.

Director:

Federico Fellini

Writers:

Federico Fellini (story), Bernardino Zapponi (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Peter Gonzales Falcon Peter Gonzales Falcon ... Fellini, Age 18 (as Peter Gonzales)
Fiona Florence Fiona Florence ... Dolores - Young Prostitute
Britta Barnes Britta Barnes
Pia De Doses Pia De Doses ... Princess Domitilla
Marne Maitland ... Guide in the Catacombs
Renato Giovannoli Renato Giovannoli ... Cardinal Ottaviani
Elisa Mainardi ... Pharmacist's wife / Cinema spectator
Galliano Sbarra Galliano Sbarra ... Music Hall Compere
Anna Magnani ... Anna Magnani
Ginette Marcelle Bron Ginette Marcelle Bron
Stefano Mayore Stefano Mayore ... Fellini as a Child
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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) Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The fall of the Roman Empire 1931-1972. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

First feature film appearance of Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Fellini spotted her in Rome where she was singing with a small band and asked her to be in this film. She played several small uncredited parts throughout with no speaking lines. Peterson said in an interview years later that her total screen time was less than 30 seconds. But she said she enjoyed it and that Fellini was "a great guy." See more »

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Peter Gonzales Falcon's hairstyles are all in the longish 1972 mode, even though the portions of the film in which he appears are supposed to be taking place thirty or more years earlier, at which time men's hair was cut much, much shorter, and would never be worn as it appears in this film. See more »

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Gore Vidal: You ask me why an American writer would want to live in Rome. First of all, because I like Romans. They don't give a damn if you're dead or alive. They're neutral, like cats. Rome is the city of illusions. It's not merely by chance that you have the church, the government, the cinema. They each produce illusions, like you do and like I do.
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Alternate Versions

Scenes featuring appearances by Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi as themselves (being interviewed during the "Trastevere" segment) have been removed from most non-Italian versions and from the Italian TV version. They are also missing from the R2 DVD published in Italy by Istituto Luce but have been included as additional features along with 11 other deleted scenes on the 2014 UK Masters of Cinema Blu-ray and DVD release. See more »

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A non-traditional film which exceeds all expectations.
21 November 1999 | by TgrainSee all my reviews

ROMA is not the kind of film you may want to watch if you are in the mood for a made for TV movie, but perfect if you want to get away from one. The ultimate cinematic escape, it is a collection of interesting and arresting scenes and images from Rome throughout history. It does not concentrate on history per say, but excerpts Italian society and it's lifestyles from the conformity of Mussolini's time to the hippy-dippy days - in a non-narrative, non-documentary way. Some things change, others stay the same. Don't expect to find much of a plot, but rather moments of great amusement with character and sometimes very involving images. ROMA doesn't insult it's viewers with it's unconventional liberties, and that alone makes it a worthwhile trip to take - even if only once.


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Release Date:

15 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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Gross USA:

$732,326
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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