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Fellini On Fellini

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One of the greatest Italian filmmakers, Federico Fellini (1920-1993) created such masterpieces as La Strada, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, Juliet of the Spirits, Satyricon, and Amarcord. His prodigious body of work evokes Pirandello, existentialism, "the silence of God," as well as show business. Critics have accused him of being a charlatan, hypocrite, clown, and demon, and have ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 22nd 1996 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 1976)
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Lavinia
"O opera de arta ia fiinta intr-o singura si unica exprimare, care ii este proprie: gasesc transpunerile monstruoase, ridicole si aberante. De obicei preferintele mele se indreapta spre subiecte originale, scrise pentru cinema. Cred ca cinematograful nu are nevoie de literatura, n-are nevoie decit de autori cinematografici, vreau sa spun de oameni care se exprima in ritmuri, in cadente specifice cinematografului. Filmul este o arta autonoma care n-are nevoie de transpuneri, care in cea mai buna ...more
Ben
Sep 30, 2013 Ben rated it it was amazing
This collection of assorted thoughts by Italian director Federico Fellini is amazingly deep, at times contradictory, and illuminating, showing how "Everything and nothing in [his] work is autobiographical."

This work opens with one of Fellini's best known essays, "Rimini, my home town," in which the great poet reflects on his past and the wacky cast of figures that made up his boyhood in Rimini, many of whom appear as caricatures in the film Amarcord, from Gradisca the prostitute to his boyhood
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Oct 03, 2008 Mahsa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: به كساني كه ازداستان آليس در سرزمين عجايب لذت برده اند توصيه مي كنم :)
به تازگي فيلم شهر زنان را ديدم و خيلي علاقمند شدم كارهاي بيشتري از اين فيلمساز ببينم در فيلم شهر زنان با وجوداينكه با دنيايي از تمثيل و زبان نشانه و در قالب يك كابوس ديدگاه مردانه را نسبت به جنس زن نقد و بعضا" مورد انتقادقرار داده بود با اين حال به نظر من تصويري اغراق شده از فمينيسم ارائه كرده بود و شايد اين تنها نقطه ضعفي بود كه مي توانستم به آن اشاره كنم
Jesse Hebert
I don't normally give much attention to autobiographical works. If I read them at all it's as a means of "topping off" what I want to know on a subject and then moving on.

So along comes this assortment of notes and writings (dating roughly from 1960-1973) by Fellini and I'm blindsided. He could embellish, forget things, or outright fabricate the entire account and I wouldn't be any less entertained or thankful for the travels as a reader. Saddened by film theory one minute, admiring the circus
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Matthew Ogborn
Aug 31, 2016 Matthew Ogborn rated it it was amazing
Read this on holiday in Italy, borrowed from the wonderful house library we were staying in. Whether the original conversations were done by post, phone or person, Fellini's use of language is extraordinary. A truly charming and infuriating character, he has to be revered for his unique films and take on Italian coastal, Rome and circus life.
Angela Natividad
Feb 04, 2016 Angela Natividad rated it it was amazing
The director of "La Dolce Vita," oft quoted but rarely seen, gets lucid about his life in pictures and love of the circus.

Like the worst of lovers, Fellini can never watch one of his films once the process of making them is through. I also use his "types of clown" breakdown so often that it's become irritating.
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Chris Kubik
Sep 22, 2014 Chris Kubik rated it really liked it
Excellent insight, and a humbling approach to the thought process behind a great film. He never seems to stumble on technique, reflecting on this or that that's difficult about directing. Rather, he reflects on the mental challenges to telling a story in a resonant way.
Markku
Dec 09, 2012 Markku rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illustrous writer is Fellini. This is a collection of essays which vary from autobiographical to film-theoretical. Very interesting reading especially to those who wonder what kind of man did the movies.
Blake Nelson
Oct 31, 2013 Blake Nelson rated it it was amazing
You know how sometime you just want to read a short essay by someone really smart who's done something really interesting?

This is your book.
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Italian film director and writer, whose most famous films include La Strada (1955), La Dolce Vita (1960), and 8 1/2 (1963). Fellini began his career as a cartoonist, journalist, and scriptwriter. Once he remarked, "I make pictures to tell a story, to tell lies and to amuse." Although Fellini opposed in principle literary adaptations and wrote all his scripts, he used works from such writers as Edg ...more
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“I’m a liar, but an honest one. People reproach me for not always telling the same story in the same way. But this happens because I’ve invented the whole tale from the start and it seems boring to me and unkind to other people to repeat myself.” 2 likes
“When I felt I was dying, these past few days, things were no longer anthropomorphic. The telephone, which looks like a sort of upturned black snake, was merely a telephone. Every thing was just a thing. The couch, which looked like a big square face drawn by Rubens, with buttons on the cover like wicked little eyes, was just a couch, rather shabby but nothing more. At such a time things don’t matter to you; you don’t bathe everything in your presence, like an amoeba. Things become innocent because you draw away from them; experience becomes virginal, as it was for the first man when he saw the valleys and the plains. You feel you are set in a tidy world: that is a door and it behaves like a door, that is white and behaves like white. What heaven: the symbolism of meanings loses all meaning. You see objects which are comforting because they are quite free. But suddenly you are flung into a new form of suffering because, when you come to miss the meaning of, say, a stool, reality suddenly becomes terrifying. Everything becomes monstrous, unattainable.” 0 likes
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