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The films of Federico Fellini
Bondanella, Peter E., 1943-
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiv, 205 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1620 Lexile.

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This study examines the career of one of Italy's most renowned filmmakers through close analysis of five masterpieces that span his career: La Strada, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, Amarcord and Interview. Providing an overview of Fellini's early career as a cartoonist and scriptwriter for Neorealist directors such as Roberto Rosselini, it traces the development of his unique and personal cinematic vision as it transcends Italian Neorealism. Rejecting an overtly ideological approach to Fellini's cinema, Bondanella emphasizes the director's interest in fantasy, the irrational, and individualism.

Author Notes

Peter Bondanella is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, Film Studies, Italian, and West European Studies at Indiana University.

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Dedicated to his own vision, Fellini defies the current of ideological criticism. Bondanella (Indiana Univ.) provides an insightful survey of Fellini's life and works, from his neo-realist and industrial scriptwriting to his TV commercials for the Bank of Rome. The author offers what this reviewer considers to be the best analysis to date of each of five representative features: in the fable-like La strada Fellini subordinates social injustice to the "profoundly Christian emphasis upon the individual and the loneliness of the human condition"; La dolce vita depicts social decadence, but Fellini so energizes his characters that they still embody the Christian spirit--the film is a comedy not a sermon. Jungian dream analysis inspires the visualization of the process of creativity in 8 1/2, cinema's greatest stream-of-consciousness; Amarcord recalls his personal and his nation's past; and in Intervista Fellini summarizes and celebrates his faith in cinema as the art of the truthful lie. The author reveals how as Fellini moves from social to imaginative realism, his cinema reveals a unique, impressionistic intelligence. Bondanella's exemplary analyses and detailed context should draw a new generation to one of film's richest imaginations. M. Yacowar University of Calgary

Table of Contents

1 Federico Fellini: a life in the cinema
2 La Strada: the cinema of poetry and the road beyond neorealism
3 La Dolce Vita: the art film spectacular
4 8 1/2: the celebration of artistic creativity
5 Amarcord: nostalgia and politics
6 Interview: a summation of a cinematic career
A Fellini Filmography: principal credits
Selected bibliography on Federico Fellini