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Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini



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Also Known As: Died: October 31, 1993
Born: January 20, 1920 Cause of Death: cardiac arrest
Birth Place: Rimini, , IT Profession: Writer ...


Four films directed by Fellini were awarded the Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award: "La Strada" (1956), "Nights of Cabiria" (1957), "Fellini's 8 1/2" (1963) and "Amarcord" (1974).

For a number of years Fellini told interviewers that he ran away from home to join a circus when he was either seven or eight years old, but in his later years he admitted that the story was a fabrication "to help journalists" who wanted to explain or autobiographically justify Fellini's fascination with circuses and carnivals and their recurring presence in his films.

"I have the feeling that all my films are about women. . . . They represent myth, mystery, diversity, fascination, the thirst for knowledge and the search for one's own identity. . . . I even see the cinema itself as a woman, with its alternation of light and darkness, of appearing and disappearing images. Going to the cinema is like returning to the womb, you sit there still and meditative in the darkness, waiting for life to appear on the screen. One should go to the cinema with the innocence of a fetus." --Fellini in 1981

The November 1, 1993 NEW YORK POST quotes director Spike Lee's response to seeing his first Fellini film when he was still a student in high school: "It really just for me emphasized . . . what you could do. There are no boundaries. There are no limits."

Honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (1985).

Given a honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Columbia University in 1970.

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