main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org

A pseudo-autobiographical film dealing with a director, Guido, trying to make a film, but suffering from “director’s block.” To make things worse, his personal life is also going under a lot of stress: his health is not ideal, he doesn’t know where he is standing right now and he has problems with both his wife and his lover. In other words, everything is conspiring to make his film sink like the Titanic.

One of Federico Fellini’s better known works, it’s a favorite of film directors for showing the trials and tribulations of the film directors. The movie is generally straightforward, but full of flashbacks and daydream sequences, practically without any warning (sometimes you don’t realize you’re watching a fantasy until later). It’s also famous for a scene which we all would like to see realized in our lives.

Later remade as the stage musical 9, which itself was later adapted into a movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

This movie provides examples of:

Tokyo StoryWebsite/They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?Sunrise
    Short Titles8.8
The Virgin SpringAcademy Award for Best Foreign Language FilmYesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Don't Torture a DucklingItalian FilmsEl Alamein The Line Of Fire
Easy RiderRoger Ebert Great Movies ListThe Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
3:10 to YumaCreator/The Criterion Collection12 Angry Men
55 Days at PekingFilms of the 1960sAtragon

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy