INTERVISTA (Federico Fellini, 1987)

Leslie Fiedler, my doctoral dissertation director, and I differed greatly about Federico Fellini’s (1963), which he thought is brilliant. In the list of quarrels I leveled against the film is the fact that the dreams in the movie are commonplace, unoriginal. Leslie countered that we all dream the same things, that our dreams are unoriginal, that this is one of the things that gives us all a common identity, a common humanity. Near the start of Intervista, Fellini’s final film, in which Fellini plays Fellini as he is shooting a film, Fellini is being interviewed and filmed by a Japanese crew. The film that Fellini is shooting begins with a dream sequence—a dream of flying. And what does Fellini say to the woman who is interviewing him? “You must dream the same dreams in Japan.” Well, I immediately recalled what Leslie said to me 35 years ago—and this revival of a bit of the past is very much in the spirit of Intervista.
     The passage that has given this film its principal notice, I must say, is worth everything. Alas, the rest of the film is only okay and sometimes not even that. But the celebrated passage that reunites Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg and confronts them with images of themselves from nearly 30 years earlier (in Fellini’s La dolce vita, 1959), is beautiful beyond belief—and, yes, I’m in tears, and I will be in tears for the rest of my life.

One thought on “INTERVISTA (Federico Fellini, 1987)

  1. I hope I do not come off like one of those jerks on the internet but Fellini did make another film “La voce della luna” in 1990.

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