Federico Fellini: His Life and Work

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Faber & Faber, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 444 pages
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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A solid biography of the famed Italian director, particularly strong on the evolution of his movies' style and subject matter.Corriere della Sera film critic Kezich (Dino, 2004) first met Fellini ... Read full review

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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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About the author (2006)

Tullio Kezich And Alessandra Levantesi are film critics for Italian newspapers.

Minna Proctor is an essayist, magazine editor, and award-winning translator. Her writing has appeared in Bookforum, the "Nation, Aperture," and the "New York Observer,

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