It is entirely filmed in a deconsecrated church that became an auditorium. The voice of Fellini conducts interviews with musicians preparing a low-budget rehearsal in a dilapidated auditorium that was converted from a 13th-century church and ready to be demolished, apparently. The auditorium is built in a movie set in Rome, in Cinecittà studios that was the favourite ‘city’ for Fellini according to his opinion. He conceived the building in which the movie takes place as a one-room space for a precarious orchestra where musicians slowly embody their own instruments. The masks of the Fellini's absurd theatre are described in this movie which mirrors the Italian political movements during the late Seventies.
Prova d'orchestra (Orchestra Rehearsal; Federico Fellini, 1979)
Collage of two digital frames of the film.