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Society and Spectacle

Fellini: A Director’s Notebook + Orchestra Rehearsal

These two TV films explore the director’s personal and political preoccupations.

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Fellini: A Director’s Notebook

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Italy 1969
Dir Federico Fellini
Digital 4K
English subtitles

Shot in 16mm for US TV network NBC, this 1969 documentary offers fascinating insight into Fellini’s tormented, long-gestating and ultimately unrealised project, The Voyage of G. Mastorna; the story of a musician killed in a plane crash who navigates the afterlife – perhaps the most famous unmade film in Italian cinema.

+ Orchestra Rehearsal

Prova d’orchestra

Italy 1978
Dir Federico Fellini
With Balduin Baas, Clara Colosimo, Elizabeth Labi
Digital 4K
English subtitles

The following decade, Fellini made the political allegory Orchestra Rehearsal for Italy’s RAI, a TV film that featured composer Nino Rota’s final score for his long-time collaborator.

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