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1) Anyone with a good knowledge of the great director's work will be impressed by the extreme rigor involved in "the paring down to essentials" that this film displays: and it does so without sacrificing content or clarity. 2) It is strikingly edited by one of France's best editors, Florence Ricard (she won the coveted French `César' for her work on Microcosmos). Ricard not only tailors the rhythm to capture Fellini's physical presence in long sequences filmed with two cameras, she deftly manipulates the interviews and archival footage so as to interact with the film clips in such a way that meaning is blended with ambiguity, a cinematic quality that Fellini himself would have appreciated. 3) Lavishly produced, the film is an archival goldmine. It exploits haunting imagery of past film locations interwoven with film clips and rare documentary footage rescued from the archival obscurity of Europe's major television networks. These lengthy clips showing the Maestro at work are a major attraction that will appeal to experts and novices alike.Read more ›
This is a valuable addition to Felliniana, and a suitable bookend to the legacy he left behind.
Fellini may outrage some and bore others-and somehow manages to do both things at the same time for some viewers! But, most people "get" his films. For those lucky ones who love Fellini, this documentary will give you additional pleasure and understanding of his work!
Fellini's films speak to the most secret, private, creative spirits of joy, love, loss and longing...those emotions and feelings we all share. What is more, he makes this communication through mostly visual means-crossing boundaries of time, space and culture to speak quietly, like a friend confiding a secret, or grandly as under the big top, with the smell of animals and sweat, and the wizened eyes of the clown under his makeup communicating with one look everything...Everything.
This film is crazy-cool: showing Fellini directing! It's crazy to see "Satyricon" and then, to see how he directed the threesome scene! Oh, my gosh, this film reveals the humanity, the warmth, the wit of the man more clearly even than the written word!
How does Fellini really communicate? It is the sound of his voice, the look in his eyes...those eyebrows that appear so forbidding in still photos (Fellini always complained of looking less attractive in photos than he felt he was...and ended by saying "why do I look so unattractive...? I suppose it is because I really look that way...") those brows that seem to frame an enormous intelligence and spirit when you see him speak. It is mobility...living movement that reveals his reactions, his humor.Read more ›
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THE FILM MAKERS TOOK THE TIME AND EFFORT TO RESEARCH THE FAMOUS ITALIAN DIRECTORS FILMS, THE ROME FILM STUDIO AND ITS' ARCHIVES, ACTORS AND FELLINI AND HIS FILM STAR WIFE TO GIVE... Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by F. K. WILLDERS
This documentary is not for the uninitiated Fellini viewer. If you want to understand the ultimate puppet-master, it's best to view his films for they're all autobiographical. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Stefania Casi (The Cultural Sojourner)
It is a work of interest for interested in cinematography, its history and alike.
Not much for an ordinary viewer your author is.
Brilliant documentary with interviews with one of the greatest directors of all time: Federico Fellini. Read morePublished on March 29, 2007 by Mr. T. Tak