- Publisher: Cahiers du Cinema
- Format: Paperback | 104 pages
- Dimensions: 194mm x 236mm x 12mm | 358g
- Publication date: 1 June 2011
- Publication City/Country: Paris
- ISBN 10: 286642607X
- ISBN 13: 9782866426071
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: 100
- Sales rank: 272,540
Federico Fellini (Italy, 1920-1993) is a major figure in the history of cinema, who created his own highly personal and baroque cinematic language. He had his first major success in 1954 with La Strada, in which his wife and favourite actress Giulietta Masina plays the unforgettable Gelsomina, an innocent clown who falls prey to the violence of the post-war period. With La Dolce Vita of 1960, Fellini turned his attention to modern life and the scene in which Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg embrace in the Trevi fountain has become a globally-recognized symbol of seduction. Psychoanalysis is a clear influence on 81/2 (1963), in which the character of the film-maker, played by Mastroianni, is a fantasy double of Fellini himself, while Fellini Roma (1972) and Amarcord (1973) are highly personal films, combining caricature, dreams and nostalgia. In the 1980s Fellini made Ginger and Fred (1986) and Intervista (1987), both melancholic reflections on the death of cinema. Through the prism of the director's own desires and obsessions, Fellini's work is universal in scope, dealing with modern humanity in all its contradictions.
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Angel Quintana teaches the history and theory of cinema at the University of Gerona (Spain). He also writes on film for Cultura/s, El Punt, and the Spanish edition of Cahiers du cinema.
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