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8 1/2:... Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning 8½ is the Italian maestro’s iconic story of a... more info $19.95was $19.95 Buy Now

La Strada:... Federico Fellini had been making films for a few years, but with the 1954... more info $19.95was $19.95 Buy Now

And The Ship... Like the aging master he is, Federico Fellini treats his medium playfully in... more info $29.95was $29.95 Buy Now

Juliet Of The... Dreams do come true in "Juliet of the Spirits," the 1965 Oscar-nominated Italian... more info $29.95was $29.95 Buy Now

I Vitelloni:... A semi-autobiographical tale of aimless youth by Italian director Federico... more info $29.95was $29.95 Buy Now

Amarcord: 2... In his carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the Fascist period,... more info $39.95was $39.95 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died: October 31, 1993
Born: January 20, 1920 Cause of Death: cardiac arrest
Birth Place: Rimini, IT Profession: Writer ... director screenwriter actor cartoonist reporter short story writer proofreader wardrobe master scenery painter radio writer secretary


Often called the most influential director of the 20th century, Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini was a master of the surreal, using striking images, autobiographical detail and disjointed narratives to create poetic films that impressed audiences across the world. As an emerging figure of the Italian Neorealism movement, Fellini started as a screenwriter before making his feature debut with the bittersweet "Variety Lights" (1950). In a few short years, he directed his first masterpiece, "La Strada" (1954), a tragically poignant tale that earned him international acclaim and award recognition. Following a pair of lesser works, Fellini reached the height of his talents and popularity with "La Dolce Vita" (1960), a wild satirical look at decadent Italian life that raised the ire of those it parodied while earning the adulation of critics, filmmakers and art house filmgoers. Fellini hit a third master stroke with the highly personal "8 1/2" (1963), a seamless blend of artifice and autobiography that put on full display the extent of his profound artistry. But as time passed and his films became more surreal, Fellini was tagged as being self-indulgent and saw his stature diminish, particularly after the explicit "Fellini Satyricon" (1969), which polarized critics and audiences. He had one final brush with greatness in directing "Amarcord" (1974), his most accessible film, before struggling for the rest of his career to find financial backing for his movies. Despite slipping into mediocrity later in life, Fellini nonetheless remained a filmmaking giant whose influence crossed generations all over the world.

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