Federico Fellini: His Life and Work

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Macmillan, Mar 6, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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A lively and authoritative journey into the world of a cinema master

With the revolutionary 8 1/2, Federico Fellini put his deepest desires and anxieties before the lens in 1963, permanently impacting the art of cinema in the process. Now, more than forty years later, film critic and Fellini confidant Tullio Kezich has written the work by which all other biographies of the filmmaker are sure to be measured. In this moving and intimately revealing account of a lifetime spent in pictures, Kezich uses his friendship with Fellini as a means to step outside the frame of myth and anecdote that surrounds him--much, it turns out, of the director's own making.

A great lover of women and a meticulous observer of dreams, Fellini, perhaps more than any other director of the twentieth century, created films that embodied a thoroughly modern sensibility, eschewing traditional narrative along with religious and moral precepts. His is an art of delicate pathos, of episodic films that directly address the intersection of reality, fantasy, and desire that exists as a product of mid-century Italy--a country reeling from a Fascist regime as it struggled with an outmoded Catholic national identity. As Kezich reveals, the dilemmas Fellini presents in his movies reflect not only his personal battles but those of Italian society. The result is a book that explores both the machinations of cinema and the man who most grandly embraced the full spectrum of its possibilities, leaving his indelible mark on it forever.



  

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One of the towering figures of mid-20th-century cinema, Italian director Federico Fellini (1920-93) created such enduring masterworks as La Dolce Vita , La Strada , Juliet of the Spirits , and 8-1/2 ... Read full review

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long, but oh so italiano. bravo, tullio. Read full review

Contents

Was He Born on a Moving Train?
3
Dreaming of Journalism
17
Rome
21
A Thousand Newspaper Articles
27
A Dramaturge Is Born
37
Miss Giulia
45
Zas Little Slave
51
A Modern Comedian
54
Lea la Paciocca and the Others
158
A Kindly Soul of the Streets
174
A Journey with Anita
189
Public Sinner
207
The Dream Man
221
The Woman in the Shadows
251
La Dolce Morte
265
Edgar Allan
281

One Movie After Another
67
Wartime Wedding
72
Discovering Italy
77
Writing Is Easier When There Are Two of You
95
A Moveable Feast
104
Stardust Luci del varieta I Variety Lights
114
It All Happened in Five Minutes Lo sceicco bianco I The White Sheik
118
Farewell Youth I vitelloni I The Young and the Passionate
129
A Little Bit Kafka Lamore in citta Unagenzia matrimoniale
141
Reality Is a Fairy Tale La strada
143
The Ambassadors of a Vocation
295
Distant Memories
309
The Violent Years
330
The Bacchanalia
343
School for Shamans
359
Everyone Is Japanese
373
The Autumn of the Patriarch
389
Acknowledgments
417
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About the author (2007)

Tullio Kezich is the film critic for Corriere della Sera. He has written numerous books on cinema as well as other subjects, and is a widely performed playwright.

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