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Federico Fellini

Italian auteur Federico Fellini [1920-93]               short profile

films of Federico Fellini

other works by Fellini

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“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.”

“A created thing is never invented and it is never true: it is always and ever itself.”

— Federico Fellini

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Federico Fellini entry at Wikipedia
Federico Fellini credits at Internet Movie Database

won the first official Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "La Strada" [1954]  won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "The Nights of Cabiria" [1957]  won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "8½" [1963]  won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "Amarcord" [1973]  won Honorary Oscar in 1993     Federico Fellini won an Honorary Oscar in 1993
after 12 personal Oscar nominations [1947-1977]
(four of his films won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film)
"La Strada" [1954], "The Nights of Cabiria" [1957],
"Fellini's 8½" [1963], and "Amarcord" [1973]

Federico Fellini also received
two Silver Lions at the Venice Film Festival (1953 & 1954)
11 Silver Ribbon Awards from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists (1954-84)
four awards at the Cannes Film Festival (1957-87)
7 David di Donatelli Awards (1957-90)
four Kinema Junpo Awards (1958-75)
two awards at the Moscow International Film Festival (1963 & 1987)
two French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Awards (1973 & 1975)
a Gala Tribute by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (1985)
the Career Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (1985)
the D.G.A. Golden Jubilee Special Award (1986)
the European Film Lifetime Achievement Award (1989)

Films  of  Federico Fellini
“I discovered that what's really important for a creator isn't what we vaguely define as inspiration or even what it is we want to say, recall, regret, or rebel against. No, what's important is the way we say it. Art is all about craftsmanship. Others can interpret craftsmanship as style if they wish. Style is what unites memory or recollection, ideology, sentiment, nostalgia, presentiment, to the way we express all that. It's not what we say but how we say it that matters.”
— Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini credits at Internet Movie Database
browse Federico Fellini on DVD

Films of Federico Fellini book by Claudio Fava & Aldo Vigano   "The Films of Federico Fellini" [1981]
by Claudio Fava & Aldo Vigano, Introduction by Federico Fellini, Translated by Shula Curto

Carol Publng / Citadel Press pb [1990] out of print/used
Carol Publng / Citadel Press hardcover [1981] out of print/scarce
Cinema of Federico Fellini  "The Cinema of Federico Fellini" [1992]
by Peter Bondanella

Princeton Univ Press 9¼x6 pb [4/95] for $29.95
Princeton Univ Press 9¾x6½ hardcover [4/92] out of print/used
Films of Federico Fellini book by Peter Bondanella  "The Films of Federico Fellini" [2002]
by Peter Bondanella

Cambridge Univ Press 8¾x6 pb [1/2002] for $26.34
Cambridge Univ Press hardcover [1/2002] out of print/used
Criterion Collection Federico Fellini DVD box set  "Criterion Collection: Federico Fellini" DVD box set [2007]
contains "La Strada" [1954], "Nights of Cabiria" [1957], "Fellini's 8½" [1963], and "Amarcord" [1974]
IMG color/b&w DVD set [12/2007] 4 disks - out of prodn/scarce
Federico Fellini, The Films book by Tullio Kezich  "Federico Fellini: The Films" [2010]
by Tullio Kezich

Rizzoli hardcover [DUE March 2010] for $47.25
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"Open City" aka "Roma, Città Aperta" [1945] VHS {{copy to fgnIT}}

"Paisà" ]1946] VHS

"Ways of Love" aka "L'Amore" [1948] VHS

"The Flowers of St. Francis" [1950]
aka "Francesco, Giullare di Dio"

"Variety Lights" [1950]
Silvio Bagolini, Giulio Calì, Mario De Angelis, and Peppino De Filippo (DVD - 2000) + new DVD 6/2009

"La Città si Difende" [1951]
aka "Four Ways Out"

"The White Sheik" aka "Lo Sceicco Bianco"
[Italy Sept 1952, Janus USA April 1956]
The White Sheik 1952 movie by Federico Fellini  A punctilious clerk brings his virginal bride to Rome for a honeymoon that includes a visit to his uncle and an audience with the Pope. While her new husband is taking a nap, she sneaks off, hoping to find 'The White Sheik', hero of a soap-opera photo strip in a romance magazine, and ends up 20 miles from Rome, alone on a boat with the sheik. The groom wakes and has to cover for her, claiming that she is ill. That night, each wanders the streets, she tempted by suicide, he by prostitutes. Their papal audience is the next day at eleven . . . Co-written & directed by Federico Fellini {solo directing debut}; co-written by Michelangelo Antonioni, Ennio Flaiano & Tullio Pinelli; original music by Nino Rota; starring Alberto Sordi, Brunella Bovo, Leopoldo Trieste, Giulietta Masina, Lilia Landi, Ernesto Almirante, Fanny Marchiò, Gina Mascetti & Aroldino the Comedian
Home Vision Ent. b&w DVD [4/2003] for $26.99
Home Vision Ent. b&w VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
Xenon b&w VHS [2/2002] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"I Vitelloni" [1953]

"Love In The City" [1953]

"La  Strada" [Italy Sept 1954]
won the first Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1954  Fellini's La Strada poster   During the hardscrabble times of post-WWII Italy, a gypsy strongman entertainer buys a young girl to act as his assistant. This is a love story – a tragic one. Co-written & directed by Federico Fellini; music by Nino Rota; starring Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart & Aldo Silvani; won the first official Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Oscar nominated for Best Original Screenplay
Criterion b&w DVD [8/00] 2 disks for $33.99
Homevision b&w VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
La Strada script & critical text  
"La Strada" [1987]
critical text edited by Peter Bondanella & Manuela Gieri

Rutgers Univ Press 8¾x6 pb [12/87] out of print/used

listen to "La Strada" theme music by Nino Rota [2:08] at YouTube

"Il Bidone" aka "The Swindle" [1955]
starring Broderick Crawford, Giulietta Masina & Richard Basehart VHS soundtrack

   "Nights of Cabiria" [Italy 1957]
aka "Le Notti di Cabiria"

Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, directed by Federico Fellini

remake "Sweet Charity" (1969)
the Broadway musical of 19-- was inspired by "Nights of Cabiria" VHS soundtrack

"La Dolce Vita" [1960] soundtrack

"Boccaccio '70"  anthology film
[Embassy Pictures; Italy Feb 1962, USA June 1962]
Boccaccio '70 Italian anthology movie  Four segments based on an original idea of Cesare Zavattini; produced by Carlo Ponti & Tonino Cervi: Vittorio De Sica directed "La Riffa" starring Sophia Loren, Luigi Giuliani & Alfio Vita; Federico Fellini co-wrote & directed "Le Tentazioni del Dottor Antonio (The Temptation of Dr. Antonio)" starring Anita Ekberg & Peppino De Filippo; Mario Monicelli co-wrote & directed "Renzo e Luciana"; and Luchino Visconti co-wrote & directed "Il Lavoro" starring Romy Schneider, Tomas Milian & Romolo Valli
Mr. Bongo Films remastered widescreen color DVD [6/2009] for $26.99
NoShame Films widescreen color DVD [4/2005] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film   "Fellini's 8½" aka "Otto e Mezzo"
[Embassy Pictures Italy Feb 1963, USA June 1963]
official '8½' movie sitefilm credits at IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia
"Fellini's 8½" red poster  
"Fellini's 8½" on DVD  
Co-written & directed by Federico Fellini; original music by Nino Rota; starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, Rossella Falk & Barbara Steele; won Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film & Best B&W Costume Design; 3 other Oscar noms, including Best Director and Best Original Script; won 7 Silver Ribbons from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, including Best Director, Best Story, Best Script & Best Musical Score; won Kinema Junpo Awards for Best Foreign Language Film & Best Director; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (5/2005) • The 2-disk edition DVD includes NBC-TV docufilm "Fellini: A Director's Notebook" [1969]; docufilm "Nino Rota: Between Cinema & Concert" [1993]; interviews with actress Sandra Milo, director Lina Wertmuller & cinematographer Vittorio Storaro; booklet & stills gallery
Criterion widescreen b&w Blu-ray [1/2010] for $24.49
Criterion widescreen b&w DVD [12/2001] 2 disks for $24.49
Image Ent widescreen b&w DVD [10/2002] for $11.44
Criterion/Janus Films widescreen b&w DVD [4/2010] for $13.71
M.P.I. Home Video b&w VHS [6/88] out of prodn/many used

more details (synopsis, sequels, stageplays, posters, books & ebooks, links, merchandise) on
Magic Lantern's "Fellini's 8½" 1963 Movie Page

"Nine" [Weinstein Dec 2009]
Nine musical feature film directed by Rob Marshall   Fellini's 1963 movie "8½" was the 'inspiration' for the 1977 Italian-language stage musical "Nine" which was the basis for the 1982 Broadway musical which is the basis for this musical feature film. A desperate movie director struggles to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor, which begins shooting in only a week. He searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, former lovers, colleagues, his muse, and his mother, while balancing the demands of his art, his profession, and his personal life. Co-produced & directed by Rob Marshall; adapted by Michael Tolkin & Anthony Minghella; starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren & Stacy Ferguson; already nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"Juliet of The Spirits" [1965]
aka "Giulietta degli Spiriti"

"Spirits of The Dead" [1968]
"Toby Dammit" segment starring Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon & Terence Stamp

"Fellini Satyricon" [1969]

"The Clowns" [1970 TV] VHS

"Fellini's Roma" [1972] VHS

won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film   "Amarcord" [Italy 1974]
Directed by Federico Fellini soundtrack

"We All Loved Each Other So Much" [1974]
aka C'eravamo tanto Amati

"Fellini's Casanova" [1976]

"Orchestra Rehearsal" aka "Prova d'Orchestra" [1978] VHS
watch full movie in Italian w/English subtitles [1:09:28] online at YouTube

"City of Women" [1980] Marcello Mastroianni soundtrack

"And The Ship Sails On" [1983]
Freddie Jones, Barbara Jefford, Victor Poletti & Peter Cellier

"Ginger and Fred" [1986]

"Intervista" [1987] VHS

"La Voce della Luna" [1990] soundtrack

Other  Works  by  Federico Fellini
“Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second and you can hop from one place to another. It’s a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.”
— Federico Fellini

Fellini's Book of Dreams. New York: Rizzoli. ISBN 0847831353. Fellini's illustrated dream diary "Fellini On Fellini"

"Fellini Narrates: A Discovered Self-Portrait" [2000] /tt0262414/

Music,  Stageplays,  Other Media

browse Nino Rota's 74 albums at Amazon

Music for Federico Fellini by Nino Rota album on CD  "Original Music For The Movies of Federico Fellini" [2001]
Composed by Nino Rota

with material from "Amarcord", "8½", "La Dolce Vita", "La Strada", and more . . .
I.T.M. audio CD [8/2001] for $27.56
Music From The Classic Films of Federico Fellini  "The Symphonic Fellini Rota: Music From The Classic Films of Federico Fellini" [2005] Composed by Nino Rota
Performed by City of Prague Philharmonic, conducted by Derek Wadsworth
Silva America soundtrack CD [6/2005] 15 tracks for $10.99
Silva America MP3 album download [6/2005] 15 tracks for $9.49

Nino Rota Music for Fellini Part One, 1952-1958 album on CD  "Nino Rota: Music For Fellini - Part One, 1952-1958" [2010]
Él / Cherry Red Records import audio CD [7/2010] 30 tracks for $18.81
Él Records MP3 audio download [7/2010] 30 tracks for £7.99 via Amazon U.K.
cover notes are in English & Italian; the thirty tracks (per Amazon listing) are: "Lo Sceicco Bianco"; "I Vitelloni (suite)"; "Tema della strada"; "E' Arrivato Zampanò"; "Gelsomina"; "La Trattoria"; "Il Bambino Malato"; "Io Mie ne Vado!"; "I Tre Suonatori (Le Processione)"; "Il Matto sul Filo"; "Il Viaggio Continua"; "Il Bidone"; "La Moglie del Bidonista"; "Il Tesoro Nascosto"; "Coimbra"; "In Viaggio per un Bidone"; "Al Cinema"; "Cara Bambina"; "Ballerina Night"; "L'ultimo Bidone"; "Le Notti di Cabiria"; "Donne di Vita (Mambo di Cabiria)"; "Via Veneto (Il Divo)"; "Il Pellegrinaggio"; "Picnic al Davino Amore"; "L'Illusionista"; "Buongiorno, Fortunella"; "Signore e Signore, Comprate da Fortunella"; "Melodia per Fortunella"; and "Nella Villa"

 album on CD   'Nino Rota: Music For The Films of Federico Fellini" [2015]
compilation by Bazarov, performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

listen to full audio compilation [1:12:47] online at YouTube
72-minute audio compilation includes music from: "Toby Dammit (Spirits of The Dead)", "The White Sheik", "Juliet of The Spirits", "8½", "I Vitelloni", "Il Bidone", "The Nights of Cabiria", "Boccaccio ’70", "Satyricon", "The Clowns", "Roma", "Amarcord", "Casanova", "La Dolce Vita", "Prova d’Orchestra", and "La Strada"

Books  About  Federico Fellini

"Federico Fellini: Variety Lights To La Dolce Vita" [1984]
by Frank Burke 9780805793000

"Fellini: A Life" [Paragon House, 1988] by Hollis Alpert

"Milking The Moon: A Southerner's Story of Life On This Planet" ISBN 0-609-80965-2
[Three Rivers Press 2002] by Eugene Walter & Katherine Clark
The author describes his many years of working with Fellini in Italy

Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age  "Conversations With The Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age: At The American Film Institute" [2006] by George Stevens, Jr.
interviews with 32 major writers, directors & cinematographers, including Ingmar Bergman, writer Ray Bradbury, Richard Brooks, Frank Capra, William Clothier, Stanley Cortez, George Cukor, Federico Fellini, George Folsey, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, James Wong Howe, John Huston, Elia Kazan, Gene Kelly, Stanley Kramer, Fritz Lang, David Lean, Ernest Lehman, Mervyn LeRoy, Harold Lloyd, Rouben Mamoulian, Satyajit Ray, Jean Renoir, George Stevens, King Vidor, Hal Wallis, Raoul Walsh, Billy Wilder, Robert Wise, William Wyler & Fred Zinnemann
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2006] for $23.10

"Federico Fellini: His Life and Work" bio [Faber & Faber, 2006]
by Tullio Kezich ISBN 0-571-21168-2

Conversations with Directors anthology edited by Elsie M. Walker & David T. Johnson  "Conversations With Directors: An Anthology of Interviews From Literature/Film Quarterly" [2008] Edited by Elsie M. Walker & David T. Johnson
interviewees include: Robert Altman, Frank Capra, René Clair, Martha Coolidge, Wes Craven, Terence Davies & Olivia Stewart, Edward Dmytryk, Federico Fellini, William Friedkin, Richard Leacock, Richard Linklater, Baz Luhrmann, Louis Malle, Jonas Mekas, Marcel Ophüls, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Eric Rohmer, Patricia Rozema, John Schlesinger, Jean-Charles Tacchella, Marcela Fernández Violante, Andrej Wajda, Wayne Wang, Billy Wilder, Robert Wise & Franco Zefferelli
Scarecrow Press 9x6 pb [3/2008] for $55.00

Movies  About  Federico Fellini

"Ciao Federico" hour-long docufilm (1969) by Gideon Bachman VHS

"Block-notes di un Regista" 52 minute docufilm [NBC-TV 1969 TV]
aka "Fellini: A Director's Notebook" is on the 8-1/2 DVD

"Federico Fellini: Un Autoritratto Ritrovato" [RAI-TV 2000] Dir. Paquito Del Bosco

"Fellini: I'm A Born Liar" docufilm [2002] by Damian Pettigrew
"I'm A Born Liar: A Fellini Lexicon" book[Harry N. Abrams 2003]
by Damian Pettigrew ISBN 0-8109-4617-3
The Maestro's last filmed interviews 'arranged as a lexicon' and lavishly illustrated

"Fellini's White Sheik and Other Stories" [2005 video release] /tt0476227/

"How Strange To Be Named Federico" [Italy Sept 2013]
("Che Strano Chiamarsi Federico")
'How Strange To Be Named Federico' Italian film about Fellini  Filmmaker Ettore Scola's tribute to Federico Fellini, to his art, and to his personality; film relives their first encounter within the offices of the satirical newspaper Marc’Aurelio in the 1950s, their mutual friends - among which was Marcello Mastroianni - and most of all the pleasure that they shared in making films. Co-written & directed by Ettore Scola; narrated by Vittorio Viviani; starring Tommaso Lazotti & Maurizio De Santis {as Fellini}, Giacomo Lazotti & Giulio Forges Davanzati {as Scola}, Ernesto D'Argenio {as Mastroianni}, Emiliano De Martino, Fabio Morici, Carlo Luca De Ruggieri, Andrea Salerno, Sergio Rubini, Sergio Pierattini, Antonella Attili & Vittorio Marsiglia, with archive footage of Fellini, Mastroianni, many others • full credits at IMDb
Region 1 DVD not available
watch official Italian-language trailer [1:21] online at YouTube

"Fellini Black and White" [in development 2015?]  
Announced 4/2012: Producer Henry Bromell will direct from his script about Fellini's two-day disappearance while in Los Angeles
for the 1955 Oscar Awards ceremonies; Brasilian actor Wagner Moura has landed the title role, with Peter Dinklage, William H. Macy
& Terrence Howard • ADDED 2013: Producer Bromell died in March 2013; project still listed on IMDb 2015 • latest info at IMDb

A  Fellini  Gallery

Giulietta Masina and her husband Federico Fellini
Giulietta Masina
and her husband
Federico Fellini
photo of Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren & Federico Fellini
Marcello Mastroianni,
Sophia Loren, &
Federico Fellini

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Anita Ekberg in the fountain from Felllni's "La Dolce Vita" [1960]
Anita Ekberg
in the fountain

{from Felllni's 1960
"La Dolce Vita"}
24"x32" poster for $23.99
from Amazon
Marcello Mastroianni with hat from "Fellini's 8½" [1963]
Marcello Mastroianni
with hat

{from Felllni's 1963 "8½"}
18"x24" poster for $39.99
from Amazon
still of Mastroianni on the beach from "Fellini's 8½" [1963
Marcello Mastroianni
with bullhorn on beach

{from Felllni's 1963 "8½"}

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Marcello Mastroianni looking in the mirror from "Fellini's 8½" [1963]
Marcello Mastroianni
looking in the mirror

{from Felllni's 1963 "8½"}
18"x24" poster for $39.99
from Amazon

Friends & Family
Federico Fellini was born in Rimini, Italy in 1920; he won five Oscar Awards or a 40-year career; he died in Rome, Italy in 1993.

wife actress Giulietta Masina [1921-94], married 1943, widowed 1993

L i n k s

Federico Fellini entry at Wikipedia
Federico Fellini credits at Internet Movie Database
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Federico Fellini credits at Internet Broadway Database
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