So Much for the Enlightenment
I think this movie does a good work dispelling some of the myths of the Enlightenment. We look back on it as an age of Reason and intelligent people, but what Fellini shows is business usual: dissipation, frivolity, social climbers, superstition.
It had great thinkers, like all ages have had, but it was full of irrationality and the typical human desires that make us so flawed and human at the same time.
This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.