Architecture on Film: Fellini's Roma

100 years to the day after Fellini’s birth, the UK premiere of Cineteca di Bologna’s new 4K restoration of the Italian director’s bold, lavish and kaleidoscopic love letter to the Eternal City.


08:30pm, Monday, 20 January 2020


01:30pm, Sunday, 26 January 2020


Cinema 1
Barbican Centre, Level -2
Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS



AF Members:
£9.60 (Please contact AF for promotional discount code)


Young Barbican:

Tel (9am-8pm):
+44 (0)20 7638 8891

Monday 20 January, 20.30: 

Sunday 26 January, 13.30:

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We are delighted that these screenings will be introduced through a specially pre-recorded presentation by Alessandro Carrera (Director of Italian Studies, and Graduate Director of World Cultures and Literatures, at the University of Houston, Texas, USA; Author, Fellini’s Eternal Rome (Bloomsbury, 2019)). 

Due to public demand, this film will be screened twice:
Monday 20 January, 20.30: [Sold Out]
Sunday 26 January, 13.30: [Sold Out]

Fellini's Roma

When I was a boy, I wanted to travel and see the world, but then I found Rome and found my world.
– Frederico Fellini, I, Fellini

Arriving to Rome in the 1930s during the time of Mussolini, ‘Fellini’ (played by Peter Gonzales) arrives to an eccentric boarding house. Pleasures of gastronomy and the flesh, the sacred and profane, saturate a portrait of the physical and psychic depths of the city as the film proceeds into the present (1971), to find a place shared by Roman ruins, a new ring-road, brothels, vaudeville, hippies and even – in Fellini’s unforgettable ‘Ecclesiastical Fashion Show’ – roller-skating priests.

A narrative that has a city for its protagonist instead of a single character… This is Fellini’s Rome and nobody else’s… The only sly thing is that the city isn’t Rome, it’s Fellini, disguised in bricks, mortar, and ruins.
Rodger Ebert

Featuring cameos from Gore Vidal and Anna Magnani, and music by Nino Rota, Fellini’s open, episodic collage of fantastical tableaux combine to create a truly idiosyncratic piece of exuberant cinema, a fever dream and imaginarium folding Rome and Fellini’s biographies into a surreal, hallucinatory and irreverent ode to the Italian capital.

We are delighted to be able to present the UK premiere of Cineteca di Bologna's new 4K restoration of Fellini's Roma, on the 100th anniversary of the director's birth.

(Italy, France, 1972, Frederico Fellini, 120 mins)