→ 02 Feb 13 at 10 pm
La Città delle Donne (aka City of Women), Federico Fellini (1980)
Fellini’s films are essentially dreams: the main character goes from one setting to another, each transition makes sense in the moment but when you look back at his journey it becomes absurd. If you stay in the film you can still feel like it’s coherent but once you’re finished it’s like suddenly you have no idea what you’ve been watching for 2+ hours.
This particular film was more of a comedy than the other two Fellini I’ve seen (8 1/2 and La Dolce Vita), it was also one of the more erotic films I’ve ever seen. But far from being a fantasy it’s more of a nightmare where everything is distorted and brought to extremes. Each encounter that Snàporaz makes starts off fine and then traps him, giving a feeling of no escape/dead end to the film (much to the despair of the annoyingly loud man sitting in front of us). I really enjoyed it even though I’m not sure if it’s the most sexist or the most feminist thing I’ve ever seen.