Why is this rated so low????
How on earth is it possible that this film is rated so low? Of course, it's not Fellini's best, but hey, a better than average Fellini is still much more agreable to watch than 99,8% of all films. I liked it a lot. For once, Fellini's usual parade of absurd characters has a very clear meaning. It's purely functional, putting down television (anyone ever watched Rai-tv? as a non-Italian, you just don't believe what you're watching; this show COULD have been real; and remember, that is just public tv...) as a completely hollow, stupid and mind-****ing-up medium, which it is as a matter of fact. Moreover, modern society - and Italy in articular - is pinned down as being stupid and empty. I'm not sure if I agree with that, as I cannot compare it with Fellini's times, although I do know that films etc used to be much better in the sixties and seventies than afterwards. If Fellini's nostalgia in this film doesn't touch you, you probably aren't the sensitive type. It's not Mastroianni's best performance, but he's still a pleasure to watch. Masina is very much on her place here.
I loved it. Makes me longing to see La Dolce Vita, Otto e mezzo, Roma, Amarcord and all the others once again.