Italy, France | 1963 | 138 min. | Unknown
Two authors who appear at the opposite ends of the firmament of the imagination. "People need to know" is the mantra that guides Francesco Rosi's search for truth in his films. "The world is a party, let's live it together!" is the motto that helped Fellini, at the conclusion of his most innovative and inimitable film, to make it through the tunnel of a dark and menacing personal crisis. In the middle between these two extremes lies the essence of cinema. Rosi tackles the world as a totality of events and plots to be revealed, Fellini concentrates on his own subjectivity as if it were the only world that could possibly be understood.
But in truth, with the pathos of distance, both unleash mixed feelings of awe and scepticism, disconcertion and penetrating lucidity, avid contemplation and an obscure sense of defeat – that maybe both films share, along with the lighting style of Di Venanzo, the photography in both films, the unmistakable hallmark of which is the tendency to illuminate the background of the shots more than what is in the foreground.