Interview (1987)


A Japanese film crew interviews Federico Fellini at the start of a night shoot, and the balance of the film becomes a fantasy restaging of the director’s cinematic memories. His most trusted associates play themselves doing the usual work of finding suitable locations and rounding up the director’s expected cast of unusual faces. An actor (Sergio Rubini) is the young Fellini coming to Cinecittá for the first time to interview a libidinous movie star (Paola Liguori). He is enchanted by every woman he sees – the star, a young hopeful (Antonella Ponziani), a studio staffer (Nadia Ottaviani) collecting chicory on the studio’s open fields. A crazy director clashes with a tight-pursed producer over cardboard elephants on the set of a costume epic. Fellini interrupts his preparations to take actor Marcello Mastroianni (himself) to visit his old co-star Anita Ekberg (herself); they watch scenes from La dolce vita together. Finally, rain interrupts the nighttime shooting of an attack of wild Indians … carrying weapons that look like old Television aerials.

Source: Turner Classic Movies (TCM)


Autographical, Show business, Comedy

Format / Medium

Color film


113 min


Aljosha Production (Ibrahim Moussa), RAI-Uno (Italy) and Cinecittà

Story and Screenplay

Federico Fellini in collaboration with Gianfranco Angelucci

Main Cast

Sergio Rubini, Paola Liguori, Maurizio Mein, Nadia Ottavioni, Lara Wendell, Antonella Ponziani, Anita Ekberg, Federico Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni


Nicola Piovani (with a tribute to Nino Rota)

Image Credits

The Fellini Foundation for the Cinema Collection