Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate it. Some scenes were very enjoyable,
my personal favorite being an Ecclesiastical fashion show featuring
nuns habits, traveling suits for the well-dressed priest, and even
Papal vestments. There was also a lengthy tribute to Roman bordellos,
in which several anonymous women were topless.
The non-linear approach to time, with
present, past and fantasy all strung together, makes it a little hard
to follow, but, since there is no plot, it probably doesn't matter.
For Fellini fans, of course, this is a must own. For the general art
house crowd, it is a must see. Others probably won't find much to
enjoy about it.
I agree with Tuna in
that there's no reason to call this a masterpiece unless you are
swayed by the Fellini name on the marquee, but if you enjoy pure
discrete imagery, surrealism, the carnival, or satirical set pieces, you may
really enjoy it. The Papal
fashion show is hilarious, in a certain distorted way. There is an
often-anthologized scene in which a modern film crew finds an ancient
Roman catacomb and is horrified to discover that their very presence
has caused the priceless murals to disintegrate.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C+. Definitely a genre art film, I
doubt that it has a lot of crossover appeal, and will give it a