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Orchestra Rehearsal Musicians turn up at rehearsal, chat up a documentarian's camera, then take up against their Ahab of a maestro. Shooting for Italian TV, Federico...Orchestra RehearsalComedy, Drama, Foreign LanguageUnrated Musicians turn up at rehearsal, chat up a documentarian's camera, then take up against their Ahab of a maestro. Shooting for Italian TV, Federico...1998-01-09
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Orchestra Rehearsal

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Balduin Baas, Clara Colosimo; MPAA Rating: Unrated

Musicians turn up at rehearsal, chat up a documentarian’s camera, then take up against their Ahab of a maestro. Shooting for Italian TV, Federico Fellini indulges only a knack for gags, lewd and lyrical, and his love of eccentric mugs—a tubby tubist, the wizened men on reeds, a beaky loon on flute. The documentary conceit—a foretaste of Intervista—is sloppily handled, but the rest is a smooth nonnarrative portrait of human turmoil and musical grace. This must be the genius’ slimmest film. Don’t mistake it for his slightest. B+