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Bondanella (Italian and film studies, Indiana Univ.) is a well-published authority on Italian films and Federico Fellini. Here he presents a complex, academic analysis of the director's entire oeuvre , drawing on newly available archival material. Fellini's reputation as a somewhat arrogant, dictatorial genius is further reinforced. Particularly interesting are the examinations of the significant influence of psychologist Carl Jung's writings on Fellini's artistic development and the enduring relevance of Fellini's early career as a cartoonist. This demanding study is recommended for subject collections. The best introductory volume is still Stuart Rosenthal's The Cinema of Federico Fellini ( LJ 12/15/76), but it is out of print.
-Richard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Winner of the 1992 Book Award of the Agnelli Foundation's Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1992

"Offers rare insight into the life and times of one of the screen's most imaginative auteurs. . . . Like its subject's best efforts, the book is as entertaining as it is enriching."--Variety

"Peter Bondanella, an esteemed scholar of Italian film, has committed an act of daring. It's the best kind of daring - unselfconscious and authentic. . . Courageous in ideational independence, he is equally steadfast in his enterprise - to understand and explicate and important artist's process. He does this to an impressive degree, not with clinical smugness but with relish and respect. His book is a loving and helpful tribute."--The New Republic


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1st edition (April 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691008752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691008752
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Until his retirement in 2007, Peter Bondanella was Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, Film Studies, and Italian at Indiana University. A member of the European Academy of Sciences and the Arts and past President of the American Association for Italian Studies, Bondanella has written numerous books and articles on Italian literature and cinema and has translated or edited a number of Italian literary classics (Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Cellini, Vasari). His latest works are A HISTORY OF ITALIAN CINEMA and NEW ESSAYS ON UMBERTO ECO (Eco is shown in the photo on the left with Bondanella on the right). Bondanella now lives in Utah's desert country (St. George, UT) with his two Italian greyhounds Dante and Gianluca and his wife Julia.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lao Che on December 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've been a fanatic over Federico's work since I first saw FELLINI ROMA in a classroom one Friday night in college. I came across a poster advertising the scheduled screening; it was an image from one of the last, most unsettling scenes in the film - a very Catholic fashion show. My interest was piqued enough to spend an evening in a classroom rather than other social pursuits; and what a classroom it was. I was one of maybe three people in the room that night. I can't explain in words what I saw on the screen - it was simply incredible. It felt like my world opened a little bit more; my own dreams and ideas didn't seem quite so ridiculous.
I started to hunt down other films by this director, reading articles, reviews, anything. I eventually came across Mr. Bondanella's book, and found it to be a wonderful companion piece to the work of Fellini. It reads like a textbook, but his incites into the craft and visions of Fellini are wonderful. That said, I didn't take his interpretations as gospel - this book provides an excellent jumping off point into understanding Fellini's world - the fantasies and the world that inspired them.
I recommend this book highly to fans of Fellini and students of film in general - a fantastic document. It attempts, and I think succeeds, to capture the story of a rare kind of brilliance.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brad Paul on December 3, 2004
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An excellent discourse on Fellini's development as a director and his creative process. Bondanella knew Fellini personally and saved many items revealing the interworkings of Fellini's creativity that would have otherwise been destroyed by Fellini himself. Recommended to any and all film students or film buffs.
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