Orchestra Rehearsal Blu-RayReleased In : United Kingdom
Made in 1978 for Italian television, Orchestra Rehearsal is possibly Fellini’s most satirical and overtly political film.
An allegorical pseudo-documentary, the film depicts an Italian television crew’s visit to a dilapidated auditorium (a converted 13th-century church) to meet an orchestra assembling to rehearse under the instruction of a tyrannical conductor. The TV crew interviews the various musicians who each speak lovingly about their chosen instruments. However, as petty squabbles break out amid the different factions of the ensemble, and the conductor berates his musicians, the meeting descends into anarchy and vandalism. A destructive crescendo ensues before the musicians regroup and play together once more in perfect harmony.
Abounding with its director’s trademark rich imagery and expressive style, Orchestra Rehearsal marks the last collaboration between Fellini and the legendary composer Nino Rota (due to the latter’s death in 1979) who provides one of his most beautiful themes in the film’s conclusion.
Actors: Balduin Baas, Clara Colosimo, Elizabeth Labi
Director: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim
Special Features: Richard Dyer on Nino Rota and Orchestra Rehearsal, Orchestrating Discord - visual essay on the film by Fellini biographer John Baxter, Gallery featuring rare poster and press material on the film from the Felliniana collection of Don Young
Release Year: 1978
Label: Arrow Video
Region Coding: Region B
Case Type: Blu-Ray Case
Run Time: 72 mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Video Format: PAL