One of the key ways that this is accomplished is through the use of flashback. For example, when the film begins, the protagonist, a famous filmmaker named Salvatore Di Vita is informed by his lover that his old friend Alfredo has passed away. He then begins a journey through memory which tells the story of how he became infatuated with film and how the influence of films changed his life. This is, as previously mentioned, a meta-fictional theme in that it attempts to weave art and life together so closely that the separation between the two becomes almost meaningless.
Because the main theme of the film is based on the idea that a movie, like life itself, creates a non-linear narrative that is largely known through the experience of senses and emotion, the film’s ability to displace time functions as a mirror of the role of human memory. For this reason alone, the movie must be regarded as an extremely successful example of sensual filmmaking. Additionally, the story which tells of the profound significance of imagination and human love is a powerful emotional experience. The movie is successful and exceptional powerful precisely because it is able to combine sensuality and sensual experience with emotional expression that is tied to a self-reflective capacity that makes a statement about the fusion of art and life.