ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL REVIEWED
“Orchestra Rehearsal” is pretty funny. But, it’s also one of those on-the-nose allegories about how much the Italian government sucked. Sporting the last score from Nino Rota, Fellini found ample material to mine. The kicker is that for a 72 minute long comedy, the jokes are never that amazing. Not all comedies are going to be legendary, but the humor needs to help you look past simple repeated points. The film is lesser Fellini, but it’s the kind of oddity that deserves to be recognized in the director’s larger work.
Honestly, I feel that a larger Fellini TV box set could’ve worked better. But, I trust that Arrow has the notion to revisit the material.
- Visual Essay
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 1.0 MONO
RELEASE DATE: 2/13/18
- Video - 93%93%
- Audio - 91%91%
- Special Features - 93%93%
- Film Score - 90%90%
The Plot Thus Far
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.