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Federico Fellini The Book of Dreams Hardcover – May 13, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0847831357 ISBN-10: 0847831353 Edition: First American Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First American Edition edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847831353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847831357
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 2.4 x 13.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From The New Yorker

In the early nineteen-sixties, under the influence of a Jungian analyst, Fellini started keeping a dream diary. His films, always fantastical, soon took a distinctly oneiric turn, and he eventually filled some five hundred sheets with drawings and descriptions of his dreams, here reproduced in facsimile with English translations. Fellini archetypes (chiefly, gargantuan women in various states of undress and arousal), characters, and collaborators abound. The actor and playwright Eduardo di Filippo performs his own death onstage to rapturous, if insincere, acclaim; Pope Paul VI, who, as a cardinal, had condemned �La Dolce Vita,� ascends with Fellini in a balloon basket and points excitedly to a blimp-sized beauty in a bathing costume whose exhalations, he explains, create the clouds in the sky. As a child, Fellini named the four corners of his bed after movie theatres: �The show started as soon as I shut my eyes.�
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"...an amazing record of the interior life of one of the 20th century's greatest directors." ~ARTnews

"...the dreams take center stage--and they're enough to make even the soundest of sleepers want to remember everything that goes on in the night." ~Gotham

"An old truism holds that other people's dreams are boring. But here, as with so much else, Fellini confounds. Dreams, like his films, is whimsical, poignant, grotesque and, ultimately, revelatory." ~Hollywood Life

“…it does serve as a fascinating companion that illustrates the way that the conscious artist depended on his unconscious mind.” ~Daily Sentinel

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Fagan on December 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Well I just got this delivered to me today..so I can't go into huge detail about it right now...but I feel compelled to give my two cents in a short review for you good folks who might want to purchase this unique book on the great Fellini...in these recessionary times it's good to get some information before you plonk down major dough on a book..
First off....this thing is big!...and heavy!...so you do get your moneys worth on that score....loads of pages.......introduction and info at the beginning of it......all of Fellini's writing is in Italian but it is all transcribed at the back of the book with pictures and numbers of the pages referred to...well laid out........tons of sketches and doodles in this book...one thing I have to comment on which I found funny is the amount of drawings in it of naked ladies....I wasn't surprised...but it is pretty amusing...
I'm so glad I bought this now and I have no hesitation in recommending it to other fans....it's really something to treasure..
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By Olga on March 29, 2011
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The book is fantastic! New and delivered from UK to Russia (Moscow) in 3 weeks. I will certainly order from this site again and again. :)Federico Fellini The Book of Dreams
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pipo The Book Worm on June 7, 2009
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A magnificent book, a must for anyone into Fellini's work, Psychology or simply Dreams. These drawings and accompanying notes are key in understanding the poetry of the dream image.
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1 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TeeBird on August 5, 2008
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The Book is Perfect - It came in good condition and quickly arrived. We were very pleased in all ways and would buy again.
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