"The slight Ivo Salvini (Roberto Benigni) lives in a world of dreams, memories and tender hopes. He traces mysterious voices that come from the depths of wells or from the reflection of the moon in the water. He is in love with the beautiful Aldina, even if she does not want to know about the foolish dreamer. He is joined by a group of people who have lost touch with reality and who, in a noisy, hectic world, want to get to the bottom of the essence of things and the origin of life. From time to time Ivo meets poor Nestore, abandoned by his love-struck wife Marisa, on the roof of a house. More and more he also feels connected to the lonely ex-prefect Gonella, who is convinced that he is on the trail of a plot of humans against humanity. In the hellish noise of a gigantic disco, Ivo believes he has stumbled upon the center of the conspiracy."
"The director's latest film is a homecoming of sorts and is set in Emilia-Romagna, the region where Fellini hails from. Two of Italy's greatest comedians, Roberto Benigni and Paolo Villaggio, star in this moonstruck fantasy that strings together a series of surreal and bizarre scenarios. Benigni's Ivo has just been released from a psychiatric hospital, but still hears haunting voices. Villaggio's Adolfo is an unstable ex-prefect obsessed with conspiracy theories. The two half-crazy men wander around and get into even crazier situations in a film that is a penetrating critique of mass culture and contemporary life."
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Italy, France 1990
120 min. color. DCP. I/d
Director: Federico Fellini
Screenplay: Ermanno Cavazzoni, Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli
Cinematography: Tonino Delli Colli
Editing: Nino Baragli
Music: Nicola Piovani
With: Roberto Benigni, Paolo Villaggio, Nadia Ottaviani
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