Friday, July 29, 2011

Fellini's view of the Roman Catholic Church

I think it has always been this way.  Worse in one era than another probably - although the filth seems to have overflowed in our day - the sewage has backed up into the sanctuary.
Photo: Fellini's Roma, Ecclesiastic Fashion Show.


  1. One of my favorite scenes of all time:

    In 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.

  2. I hear you! I'm a little disgusted at the moment. Stay strong everyone.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. Anonymous8:52 PM

    "aristocratic Italian's obsession with Pope Pius XII"

    I am curious what this is about. Do you mean the nobility of the time?

  7. Definitely blasphemous. Fellini was using this scene to poke fun at Holy Mother Church. Definitely blasphemous.


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