A collection of intimate, in-depth interviews with the legendary late Italian film director examines every aspect of his work, discussing such topics as early life, the inspiration behind his films, his attitude toward women, marriage, the art of the film, Marcello Mastroianni, and more, accompanied by 125 film stills and previously unpublished photographs from Fellini's personal collection. 12,500 first printing.
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Damian Pettigrew is a journalist and an award-winning director of documentary films, including portraits of Eugene Ionesco, Italo Calvino, Alberto Moravia, Svero Sarduy, Moebius and Federico Fellini. A long-time friend of Samuel Beckett, he worked in close collaboration with the playwright on a remake of FILM (first produced in 1963) with Jack Lemmon and Vittorio Gassman. His next feature documentary portrait is on Ingmar Bergman.From Publishers Weekly:
Documentarian Pettigrew was introduced by novelist Italo Calvino to Federico Fellini (1920–1993) on the set of Fellini's And the Ship Sails On (1983). In 1991–1992, Pettigrew shot in-depth interviews with Fellini, material later used in his documentary Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2003). Returning to their original q&a, Pettigrew has now extracted an alphabetical compilation of quotes from Fellini's responses. With an underlying theme of creativity, it runs the A-to-Z gamut from actors ("An actor's face and body are more important to me than plot structure"), Anita Ekberg ("a glorious apparition!") and Antonioni, to clowns, death, God, guilt, Hollywood, music, puppets, vagabonds, Visconti and women, "the source of man's creativity." As screenwriter Tullio Kezich notes in his foreword, Fellini is a "matador of words." Beautiful page designs by Brankica Kovrlija are festooned with torn-paper effects and flamboyant fonts, a stylish setting to display 125 illustrations, including numerous never-before-published photographs courtesy of the Fellini Foundation and the Cineteca di Bologna. Striking sepia scrapbook photos appear alongside imaginative color images from such masterworks as Amarcord, Satyricon and Juliet of the Spirits. Amid creamy b&w stills from 8 1/2,La Dolce Vita, La Strada and others, production photos capture Fellini on Cinecittà sets, directing and gesticulating. "Real life doesn't interest me," Fellini once said. His flair for fantasy and visual poetry is evident throughout this rich, ornate volume. 125 photos.
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