Orchestra Rehearsal

  • Dir: Federico Fellini

  • Italy, 1978, 73 minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Balduin Baas, Clara Colosimo, Elizabeth Labi

Taking full creative control again after the setback in Fellini’s Casanova , the master hit the right note in this television production. Supposed to be a documentary about an orchestra rehearsal in an ancient oratory, the verité is soon spun into a satirical drama of social revolt as the musicians, backed by formidable union representatives, uphold their individuality, and collectively rebel against the conductor’s authority. The last musical work of Nino Rota wonderfully complements the comic and chaotic moments, in this pointed allegory of the sociopolitical climate of Italy in the seventies. Screening with Fellini: A Director’s Notebook (P.8).

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Silver Ribbon for Best Score

Federico Fellini 100 is part of the Federico Fellini 100 Tour, a series of centennial tributes to Federico Fellini (1920–1993), which will travel to major museums and film institutions worldwide, coordinated by Paola Ruggiero and Camilla Cormanni from Luce Cinecittà. All films (unless noted) have been digitally restored by Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna and Cine teca Nazionale.


In-theatre Screening


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