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Orchestra Rehearsal Bluray
Comedy / Drama / Musical



Orchestra Rehearsal

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. 

Production Year: 1978
Region Code: B
UK Rating: PG
Running Time: 72 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English
Audio: 1.0 Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Colour: Colour
TITLE NAME
Director Federico Fellini
Cast Balduin Baas
Cast Clara Colosimo
Cast Elizabeth Labi

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: 

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original 1.0 mono sound
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Richard Dyer on Nino Rota and Orchestra Rehearsal, the film scholar talks about the great composer and his last collaboration with Fellini
  • Orchestrating Discord, a 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
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options 

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Martin

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