Federico Fellini’s love letter to his home city, Roma, is a hallucinatory blend of everyday observations and extravagant spectacle. Interweaving memories of Fellini’s young adulthood with vibrant images of contemporary Rome, this semi-autobiographical journey through one of the world’s most iconic cities unfolds in a series of vignettes—depicting everything from a delirious ecclesiastical fashion show to the unexpected discovery of an ancient underground crypt—that reveal the tensions between a modern urban landscape and the layers of history that lie beneath it. Tomorrow, we’re releasing our edition of the film, which includes an interview with Paolo Sorrentino, the Oscar-winning director of the unmistakably Felliniesque The Great Beauty. In the below excerpt, Sorrentino explains why Roma stands among Fellini’s greatest achievements and how his technical mastery is matched by his emotional depth.
A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic
Filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and critic Michael Sragow dive into the pleasures of Holiday, a romantic-comedy classic that has long stood in the shadow of The Philadelphia Story but has a poignancy all its own.
Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted
From search engines to all-engrossing handheld devices, the technologies that the German director conjured for his 1991 opus Until the End of the World are now common features of contemporary life.
John Bailey Breaks Down a Tour de Force of Gothic Lighting
The veteran cinematographer takes a close look at the highly stylized and atmospheric lighting in one of the most pivotal scenes in pre-Code classic The Story of Temple Drake.
All About Mankiewicz
One of the most celebrated Hollywood writer-directors of his time, Joseph L. Mankiewicz offers a window into the way he sees his characters in this illuminating clip from an archival interview.