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.
Digging Through Movie History at Chaplin’s Studios
Film scholar Craig Barron gives us a tour of the studios on whose back lot Charlie Chaplin built the set for his final film of the silent era, The Circus.
Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch
Critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme talk about the highly idiosyncratic heroines who populate Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies, including the protagonist of his final film, Cluny Brown.
Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism
Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.