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Fellini: The Ride.

Fellini: The Ride. (photo)

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Here in America, we have solid theme park rides based on movies that, for the most part, make sense, like Universal Studios’ “E.T. Adventure,” or the “Wayne’s World” roller coaster “Hurler” (since sold and de-“Wayne”‘d by Paramount, but still).

But in Rome, they’re building a ride based on the Fellini film “City of Women.” Yes, in an effort to shore up tourism in the city, Cinecittà Studios is going to give us Cinecittà World — 400 acres of themed fun for the whole family, based on the many movies that have shot at the legendary studios over the year.

Since there’s some 630 titles to choose from, there’s certainly no shortage of inspiration. How about a “Cliffhanger” rock-climbing game? A “Gangs of New York” simulated gang-fight in virtual reality? An “Adventures of Baron Munchausen” ride where you rocket off to the moon? (Aren’t all Terry Gilliam movies begging to be turned into rides anyway?)

Alas, judging by what Variety‘s reporting, that’s the wrong thinking. Ladies and gentlemen: presenting the world’s first arthouse theme park. A “Ben-Hur” ride I can handle — chariots! — but another “will feature the huge slide that Marcello Mastroianni travels down as his sexual history flashes by in Fellini’s ‘City of Women.’ ” Really? Wow.

11192009_salo.jpgIt should be noted that production designer Dante Ferretti — who worked on that and many other Fellini films — will be in charge of art design. Here’s hoping he’ll dig into his catalogue and treat the world to a “Salo” cafeteria.

But seriously, I wonder what this says about European film culture. It’s generally seemed to me an untrue stereotype that “Europeans” as some kind of monolithic entity are more fond of “serious” movies; its just that most sillier, trashier fare doesn’t get imported here. But Rome appears to be serious about their plans to beef up tourism this way, which hopefully means they know what they’re doing.

If Fellini theme park attractions really are a big pull for families, does that mean American arthouse devotees will have to begin making pilgrimages to the world’s strangest, most seemingly niche theme park? More importantly, will there be YouTube videos chronicling these rides? I can’t wait.

[Photos: “City of Women,” New Yorker Films, 1981; “Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom,” Zebra, 1975]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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