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.
This Kiss: Filming an Intimate Moment in The Virgin Suicides
What goes into staging the perfect on-screen kiss? Director Sofia Coppola and actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett look back on shooting a passionate make-out session in The Virgin Suicides.
“Perfect Imperfection”: Neil Young Improvises Dead Man
Jim Jarmusch filmed Neil Young recording the score for his 1995 revisionist western. Watch a bit of the never-released footage here.
Discovering the Jazzy Sounds of Paul Whiteman
Musician Michael Feinstein talks about discovering Paul Whiteman, the wildly popular bandleader who stars in the early-Technicolor musical King of Jazz.
Playing with Color and Light in Women in Love
Cinematographer Billy Williams talks about his experience creating the lush images and expressive lighting in Ken Russell’s boldly stylized adaptation of Women in Love.
Fassbinder’s Anarchic Spin on a Classic Brecht Role
New German Cinema filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta shares her memories of working with Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the set of Volker Schlöndorf’s 1970 film Baal.