Tativille looks suspiciously similar to our world but is plainly not. Each object, each line and curve has the potential to come to life at any moment. By the end of the film, no matter how much accidental destruction has taken place (a lot), you are likely wishing his world were the real world.
Marcello’s obsession to appear “normal” leads him to volunteer to keep an eye on an old professor, Quadri. Labelled a subversive, Quadri has moved to Paris with his young wife, Anna. With fascist efficiency, Marcello combines this mission with his honeymoon.