One of my favorite scenes of all time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYzRL9YIswQIn this film fellini reveals his exaggerated memories of growing up in Rome. This is what it must have felt like on the streets as a child seeing various vestments and pomp within the Church. It is not meant as an indictment.
I hear you! I'm a little disgusted at the moment. Stay strong everyone.
Actually - strike my last comment. Fellini's fashion show is more than a childhood fantasy. His Catholicism wasn't blind to certain abuses amongst worldly and ambitious clerics. Italians have always been sensitive to corruption within the hierarchy, something anti-clerical factions have exploited to their advantage.
Yes and I had forgotten about his nod to aristocratic Italian's obsession with Pope Pius XII. However, within the context of the film in its entirety, I remember it being more of a childhood memory of the bigger-than-life nature of the Church. In watching it again, I do see him pointing to the fat, corrupt, bureaucratic nature of the Church. Fellini was complex, but I guess that is also the way I feel about the Church as well. I love it, but I am sickened by the human corruption. That has been the situation for Catholics for centuries. There is nothing new under the sun.
I just watched this clip again and now I'm wondering if it's blasphemous.Mocking our sacred traditions, customs, vestments and devotion to the Holy Father? I don't know...
"aristocratic Italian's obsession with Pope Pius XII"I am curious what this is about. Do you mean the nobility of the time?
Definitely blasphemous. Fellini was using this scene to poke fun at Holy Mother Church. Definitely blasphemous.
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