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The Cinema of Federico Fellini Paperback – April 15, 1992
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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
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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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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.