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"I don't like the idea of 'understanding' a film. I don't believe that rational understanding is an essential element in the reception of any work of art. Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn't. If you are moved by it, you don't need to have it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it." - Frederico Fellini

Fellini on the setFederico Fellini was one of the leading figures of the international cinema in the 1960s, whose dreamlike images and indelible characters madeLa strada (starring his wife Giulietta Masina), La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, and Amarcord among the most acclaimed films of that era. Fellini himself was a character as unique as any he created for his films, an expansive and outsized visionary who could be either a pleasure or a terror to work with.

  • The Offical Federicao Fellini Website
  • I am a Born Liar
  • La Saraghina, Fellinis' 81/2

"Federico Fellini's name is recognized as one of the icons of world cinema. He had no formal film training and appropriately his cinema is steeped in personal expression and often imbued with carnivalesque fantasy as one of his more colorful signatures. He repeatedly explored the roles and relationships between unattached lovers, parents / children and separating spouses. His admitted influences included preferences for Chaplin, Keaton, and other comedians of that era as well as Luis BuĖuel (admiring his biting satirist films) preferring them to those currently recognized with him as canons of the world cinema stage (Bergman, Dreyer, Kurosawa etc.). He was known to have a volatile temper during the film shooting process - one which he never disguised to outsiders on the set. He seemed to utilize this fervent passion as part of his creative process. Constantly capturing public interest, his recognized 'muse', and wife of over 40 years (till his death), Giulietta Masina was occasionally cast as his leading lady." - The Director's Chair: dvdbeaver

  • Variety Lights   out-of-print
    Variety Lights
      (Essential Art House) o-o-p
    Fellini, Federico and
    Alberto Lattuada
    Italy 1950 dvd #81
  • White Sheik   out-of-print Fellini, Federico Italy 1952 dvd #189
  • I Vitelloni Fellini, Federico Italy 1953 dvd #246
    La Strada

    "La strada (1954), the film Fellini called 'the complete catalogue of my entire mythological world,' is a starring vehicle for wife Giulietta Masina as Gelsomina, a clownish waif who communicates best with nature and children. Sold by her mother to Zampano (Anthony Quinn), a travelling circus strongman, she accompanies his act on trumpet. They are joined by the Fool (Richard Basehart), who walks a tightrope high over provincial squares. When brutish Zampano accidentally kills the Fool, Gelsomina goes mad and eventually dies. News of her death wrings tears from Zampano at film's end. . ." - Senses of Cinema

    Fellini, Federico

    Giulietta Masina as Gelsomina of the set of La Strada
    Giulietta Masina on
    the La Strada set

    Italy 1954 dvd #219
    La Strada

    Fellini, Federico Italy 1954 video
  • Nights of Cabiria
    Fellini, Federico Italy 1957 dvd #49
  • Nights of Cabiria Fellini, Federico Italy 1957 video
    La Dolce Vita

    Fellini, Federico

    La dolce vita drew on all the subjects that both interested and appalled Fellini about Italian society and the world during the late '50s through the '60s – religion, spiritualism, adultery, sexuality, intellectualism. Marcello Rubino (Marcello Mastroianni) is Moraldo, a photo-reporter in Rome. The narrative follows Marcello, his affairs with his sometime mistress (Anouk Aimée); escorting a Swedish-American actress (Anita Ekberg) around Rome to wade through the Trevi Fountain; meeting up with his mentor Steiner (Alain Cuny); his coverage of a sighting of the Virgin by two children; attending a party of Steiner's that features vapid intellectualizing; wearing out his father in the course of the older man's short visit; discovering Steiner's suicide and murder of his two children; drunkenly riding a young woman on her hands and knees at a decadent orgy; and stumbling upon a monster fish on the beach at dawn. . .

    Anita Ekbergy in Trevi Fountain

    Italy 1961 2 dvds #733
    La Dolce Vita Fellini, Federico Italy 1961 2 dvds
  • Boccaccio '70

    Fellini's episode Le Tentazioni del dottor Antonio - from Boccaccio
    Anita Ekberg in
    cupid in Fellini's Temptation of Dr. Antonio
    Valerio Fioranvant as Cupid (uncredited)

    Four directors tell tales of Eros fit for a 1970s Decameron. Working-class lovers, Renzo and Luciana, marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A billboard of Anita Ekberg provocatively selling milk gives a prudish crusader for public decency more than he can handle. The wife of a count whose escapades with call girls make the front page of the papers decides to work to prove her independence, but what is she qualified to do? A buxom carnival-booth manager who owes back taxes offers herself for one night in a lottery: a nerdy sacristan and a jealous cowboy make for a lovers' triangle. In each, women take charge, but not always happily." - IMDb

    Note: Valerio Fioravanti (Cupid) was a child actor who later became a neo-fascist terrorist. Was arrested and convicted for homicide of policemen and for the slaughter in Bologna station. He is featured in the documentary film, Most Wanted Man directed by Giusva

    Italy 1962
    2 dvds
      • Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio
        with Anita Ekberg

      • La riffa / The Raffle
        with Sophia Loren

      • Renzo e Luciana
        with Marisa Solinas

      • Il lavoro / The Job
        with Romy Schneider

    Federico Fellini

    Vittorio De Sica

    Mario Monicelli

    Luchino Visconti

    8 1/2 aka Otto e Mezzo
    Fellini's Eight and a Half title
    Otto e Mezzo dream sequence

    La Saraghina
     Otto e Mezzo animation gif
    Claudia Cardinale as Claudia in Otto e Mezzo
    Claudia Cardinale as Claudia in Otto e Mezzo

    Fellini, Federico

    Otto e Mezzo turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) is a director whose - film and life - is collapsing around him. An early working title for the film was "La Bella Confusione" (The Beautiful Confusion), and Fellini's masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act. The 1963 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign-Language Film - DVDbeaver

    La Saraghina
    "One of the most memorable scenes in 8 1/8 involves Saraghina, a horrendous, but irresistible woman-monster representing a traumatic vision of sex.

    In real life, Saraghina was a seaside prostitute who sold herself for the sardines left in the fishermen's nests. Dubbed by Fellini a "Moby Dick from Rimini", she stuck in the director's mind since he first saw her when he was 8 years old. In 8 1/2, Saraghina is played by Edra Gale, an American opera student, who auditioned to play Guido's mistress, but was instead chosen for the part of the seaside prostitute dancing the rumba on a soundtrack by Nino Rota for the kids from the nearby catholic boarding school." - Irenebrination

    (Guido's Ideal Woman)
    Claudia Cardinale as Claudia
    Claudia Cardinale as Claudia

    A girl dressed in white (Claudia), played by Italian actress Claudia Cardinale, appears at the spa grounds to Guido in a dreamlike fashion and offers him a cup of healing mineral water. The purposely overexposed sequence of this beautiful woman symbolizes Guido's search for clarity in his life, with the water as a source of purification. Claudia reappears in the Harem daydream scene and also at the end of the movie, when she drives off with Guido to an old piazza to discuss the film and a part for her. Here Guido finally admits that there is not a part for her. It seems that he is finally finding the courage to confess his lies and confusion. Fabrizio Borin sees the character of Claudia as a solution to Guido's fears, and states that the choice of "the young Claudia Cardinale, with her deep, hoarse voice, triggers the stream-of-consciousness, the flow of a man's consciousness, in teetering balance between the possible and the illusory." - Cincinnati Artists Blog

    Claudia and Guido:
    C: I don't get it. He meets a girl who brings him back to life and he spurns her?
    G: Because he's given up hope . . .
    C: Because he's incapable of love.
    G: Because it's not true a woman can change a man.
    C: Because he's incapable of love.
    G: And above all because I don't feel like telling another pile of lies.
    C: Because he's incapable of love.

    Italy 1963 dvd #140
    8 1/2 aka Otto e Mezzo Italy 1963 video
  • Juliet of the Spirits
    Giulietta Masina in Juliet of the spirits
    Giulietta seeking help of a sex guru.
    Sandra MIlo as Suzy, Iris and Fanny in Juliet of the Spirits
    Sandra Milo

    Fellini, Federico
    In Giulietta degli spiriti (1965), Fellini's first color feature film, analyzes the identity crisis of identity of Giulietta (Giulietta Masina), a middle-aged Italian housewife's quest for psychic freedom. She is impeded by both her philandering husband and the critical, reprimanding women (her mother and sisters) who surround her. Her gift for seeing spirits summons a large group of people, all ghosts from her past, with whom she must reconcile.

    Juliet of the Spirits as a film is highly contested, one of grotesque over the top exercises that feels "indulgent" and is plagued by stories of Fellini using its production as a way to work with his wife (Giulietta Masina) and his mistress (Sandra Milo) while fantasizing an inner life for Masina. Thankfully, the film was a critical and financial failure.

    GIULIETTA MASINA we love you!

    Italy 1965 video
  • Juliet of the Spirits Fellini, Federico Italy 1965 dvd #149
  • Fellini's Satyricon
    Fellini's Satyricon

    Fellini's Satyricon
    Fellini's Satyricon
    Felline's Satyricon
    Fellini's Satyricon

    Fellini, Federico

    "In first century Rome, two student friends, Encolpio and Ascilto, argue about ownership of the boy Gitone, divide their belongings and split up. The boy, allowed to choose who he goes with, chooses Ascilto. Only a sudden earthquake saves Encolpio from suicide. We follow Encolpio through a series of adventures, where he is eventually reunited with Ascilto, and which culminates in them helping a man kidnap a hermaphrodite demi-god from a temple. The god dies, and as punishment Encolpio becomes impotent. We then follow them in search of a cure. The film is loosely based on the book Satyricon by Gaius Petronius Arbiter, the "Arbiter of Elegance" in the court of Nero. The book has only survived in fragments, and the film reflects this by being very fragmentary itself, even stopping in mid-sentence. . . "

    Italy 1967 video
    Spirits of the Dead   [121 mins.]
      3 tales of terror by Edgar Allan Poe
    Terence Stamp in Fellini's Toby Dammit from Spirits of the Dead based on three tales of terror by Edgar Allan Poe

    Fellini's Toby Dammit, the third story in the trilogy Spirits of the Dead is a travesty in French. Like his Casanova, Fellini's segment is built around the performance of a single actor, in this case Terence Stamp, who performs his role in English. In fact, the very premise of the story as conceived by Fellini is the alienation of the central character, a substance-abusing English actor promoting a film in Italy, who speaks English while everyone else around him is speaking Italian, a language he doesn't understand. . .

    Italy 1968 dvd
    Toby Dammit   (with Terence Stamp)
    William Wilson   (with Alain Delon)
    Metzengerstein   (with Jane Fonda)

    Fellini, Federico
    Malle, Louis
    Vadim, Roger

    The Clowns (121 min) press here
    Federico Fellini's The Clowns

    Fellini, Federico Italy 1970 dvd
  • Fellini's Roma Fellini, Federico Italy 1972 dvd
    Amarcord  (2006 special edition) Fellini, Federico Italy 1974 2 dvds #4

    Fellini, Federicoa

    Amarcord is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale about Titta, an adolescent boy growing up among an eccentric cast of characters in the fictional town of Borgo (based on Fellini's hometown of Rimini) in 1930s Fascist Italy. Titta's sentimental education is emblematic of Italy's 'lapse of conscience.' Fellini skewers Mussolini's ludicrous posturings and those of a Catholic Church that'imprisoned Italians in a perpetual adolescence,'by mocking himself and his fellow villagers in comic scenes that underline their incapacity to adopt genuine moral responsibility or outgrow foolish sexual fantasies." - Wikipedia

    Italy 1974 video
    Fellini's Casanova
    Donal Sutherland in Fellini's Casanova
    Donald Sutherland as Casanova

    Fellini, Federico

    The film portrays how Casanova's (Donald Sutherland ) life becomes a freakish journey into sexual abandonment and opens with a carnival in Venice as a prelude to a series of erotic encounters that follow Giacomo Casanova through the cities of 18th century Europe. By using a range of visual effects, Fellini attempted to depict Casanova as a debauched figure incapable of displaying any genuine emotion; any meaningful sensuality is eclipsed by increasingly strange situations. Fellini's narrative presents Casanova's adventures in a detached, methodical fashion, as the respect he yearns for is constantly undermined by more basic urges. Shot entirely at the Cinecittą studios in Rome, the film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. . . Wikipedia

    Italy 1976 dvd
  • Orchestra Rehearsal Fellini, Federico Italy 1979 dvd
  • Fellini's City of Women Fellini, Federico Italy 1983 dvd
  • And the Ship Sails On

    Fellini's And the Ship Sails On

    Fellini, Federico

    "In Fellini's quirky, imaginative fable, a motley crew of European aristocrats (and a lovesick rhinoceros!) board a luxurious ocean liner on the eve of World War I to scatter the ashes of a beloved diva. Fabricated entirely in Rome's famed Cinecitta studios, And the Ship Sails On (E la nave va) reaches spectacular new visual heights with its stylized re-creation of a decadent bygone era." -

    Italy 1984 dvd #50
  • Intervista

    Fellini, Federico Italy 1987 video
    La voce della luna
    aka The Voice of the Moon
    Fellini, Federico Italy 1990 dvd


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