On October 31th 2013, we are commemorating Federico Fellini’s 20th death anniversary.
He was one of the greatest film Directors of all time.
He won five Academy Awards including the most number of Oscars in history for Best Foreign Language Film.
“La Strada”, “8½”, “I vitelloni”, “La Dolce Vita”, “Le notti di Cabiria”, “Boccaccio ’70”, “Giulietta degli spiriti”, “Prova d’orchestra”, “Satyricon”, “Roma”, “Amarcord”, “Lo sceicco bianco”, “I clowns” and “Ginger e Fred” are Fellini’s classic masterpieces and these excellent films are considered by many as the greatest films ever made in Art Film.
Federico Fellini was an iconic film Director and he often worked with Giulietta Masina (his real life wife) and Marcello Mastroanni.
Nino Rota was the composer of his films.
Trivia, did you know? In Brussels, a panel of thirty professionals from eighteen European countries named Fellini the world’s best director and “8½” the best European film of all time.
Personal and highly idiosyncratic visions of society, Fellini’s films are a unique combination of memory, dreams, fantasy and desire. The adjectives “Fellinian” and “Felliniesque” are “synonymous with any kind of extravagant, fanciful, even baroque image in the cinema and in art in general”.
“La Dolce Vita” contributed the term paparazzi to the English language, derived from Paparazzo, the photographer friend of journalist Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni).
Contemporary filmmakers such as Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Emir Kusturica and David Lynch, have cited Fellini’s influence on their work.
“I Vitelloni” inspired European directors Juan Antonio Bardem, Marco Ferreri, and Lina Wertmüller and had an influence on Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets (1973), George Lucas’s American Graffiti (1974), Joel Schumacher’s St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), and Barry Levinson’s Diner (1987), among many others.
When the American magazine Cinema asked Stanley Kubrick in 1963 to name his favorite films, the film director listed “I Vitelloni” as number one in his Top 10 list.
“Nights of Cabiria” was adapted as the Broadway musical Sweet Charity and the movie Sweet Charity (1969) by Bob Fosse starring Shirley MacLaine.
8½ inspired among others: Mickey One (Arthur Penn, 1965), Alex in Wonderland (Paul Mazursky, 1970), Beware of a Holy Whore (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1971), Day for Night (François Truffaut, 1973), All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979), Stardust Memories (Woody Allen, 1980), Sogni d’oro (Nanni Moretti, 1981), Parad Planet (Vadim Abdrashitov, 1984), La Pelicula del rey (Carlos Sorin, 1986), Living in Oblivion (Tom DiCillo, 1995), 8½ Women (Peter Greenaway, 1999), Falling Down (Joel Schumacher, 1993), along with the successful Broadway musical, Nine (Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit, 1982). Yo-Yo Boing! (1998), a Spanish novel by Puerto Rican writer Giannina Braschi, features a dream sequence with Fellini that was inspired by 8½.
Celebrating Federico Fellini and his films!