“Look how many there are. Millions and millions and millions of stars. Jesus Christ! I wonder how they all stay in place up there. I mean, it’s pretty simple for us. To build a house, we use so many bricks, so much lime. But up there, sweet Jesus! Where do you put the foundations? They aren’t just confetti, you know.” – Aurelio
Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Sep 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A teenage boy growing up during the days before World war Two in a secluded Italian village tries to get a better understanding of life despite the strange people that populate his small town.
My Take on it – Despite not being the biggest fan of some of Fellini’s work, this film was actually quite fun to watch.
This is an interesting variation to a coming of age story and we get a unique perspective on what it must have been like to grow up in pre-World War II Fascist Italy since things were even more confusing for a young boy then.
The characters that populate this film are all quite unique and eclectic and despite the craziness of how some of them are presented, things still work quiet well along the way.
The story and characters feel very realistic and genuine the whole time in order for the viewer to believe that this kind of story cpould actually be base don factual events (possibly even in Fellini’s own life).
Bottom Line – Very fun and eclectic coming of age story that works well despite the craziness of it all. The characters are all quite unique and we get a clear sense of the kind of life the character lives in pre-war Fascist Italy. The story and characters seem quite genuine despite the fact that some of their actions are quite far fetched along the way. The fact that this is possibly based on events from Fellini’s own adolescenthood help make things feel even more very personal for us to see what possibly transpired during his early life. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Federico Fellini has denied that the movie is autobiographical, but agreed that there are similarities with his own childhood.(From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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