Fellini, Sorrentino and the Roman Nobility

In the 1950s and ’60s, a trend to stage extended scenes of wild and weird parties became fashionable in Italian cinema. Directors exhibited a consortium of mismatched, obscure people swaying to the rhythms of the time. In these striking spectacles, an audience was confronted with innovative ways of communicating social, sexual and religious conflicts. What sticks out, however, are not the stories of the protagonists but rather the portrayal of the old Roman nobility.

By Alex Bower