Fellini’s control over the palette isn’t as striking as Antonioni’s, but he is still able to capture the mood of each scene masterfully since the colors increasingly tend toward Juliet’s fragile mental state.
The documentary reveals Fellini in his different moods and captures the convivial spirit of his films: that peculiar muse that is ubiquitous in Fellini’s work.
The past and the present are blended with dream and fantasy sequences in editing that is so skillful that the story is easy to follow despite taking place during several tenses.
This film is so unique that it seems impossible for it to be based on anything other than Fellini’s own imagination and creative musings. I think the key to understanding the film is to see that Fellini is taking his concerns and expressing them through the ancient imagery.
The compositions in this film are dynamic and captivating, but it’s Fellini’s use of metaphor that I find most admirable. Fellini gives Gelsomina a trumpet to express herself and condemns Zampanò to the chain that he must keep breaking to earn his living.