Considered by many to be Federico Fellini's most beautiful and powerful film, La Strada was the first film to reveal the range of Guilietta Masina, whose poignant performance as the childlike Gelsomina recalls Chaplin's Little Tramp. The bubbly, waiflike Gelsomina is a simpleton sold to the gruff, bullying circus strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) as a servant and assistant. Treated no better than an animal, Gelsomina nonetheless falls in love with the brute Zampano. When they join a small circus they meet Il Matto (Richard Basehart), a clown who enchants Gelsomina and relentlessly taunts Zampanograve;, whose inability to control his hatred of Il Matto (literally, "the Fool") leads to their expulsion from the circus and eventually to the film's fateful conclusion. Masina is heartbreaking as the wide-eyed innocent, whose generous spirit and love of life leads her to try to "save" Quinn's unfeeling, brutal Zampanò. Though the film resonates with mythic and biblical dimensions, Fellini never loses sight of his characters, lovingly painted in all their frailties and failings. Fellini's lyrical style reaches back to the simple beauty of his neorealist films and looks ahead to the impressionistic fantasies of later films, but at this unique period in Fellini's career, they combine to create a poetic, tragic masterpiece. --Sean Axmaker
In Fellini's first feature-length colour film Juliet (Masina) is a middle-aged woman who suspects her husband Giogio (Pisu) of cheating after his initial neglect of her becomes habit. Frightened by the prospect of suffering a failed marriage Juliet receives mixed advice from friends family and the spirit world. After a private detective confirms her worst suspicions Juliet's world is transformed into a surreal sea of memories from here childhood and symbolic fantasies which s
Federico Fellini followed up his iconic breakthrough La strada with this brilliant drama - an unsparing look at the dog-eat-dog values of post war Italian society that nonetheless manages to navigate expertly between the lightly comic and the emotionally stark to become one of his richest most moving works. Il bidone [The Swindle] follows three small-time conmen - the ageing Augusto (Broderick Crawford) Picasso (Richard Basehart) and Roberto (Franco Fabrizi) - as they prey upon the poor and gullible for modest gains. However once Augusto is unexpectedly reunited with his daughter now struggling with her studies the moral and emotional demands of his lifestyle begin to take their toll sooner than he had anticipated. With its masterful set pieces and host of superb performances (including the director's wife and muse Giuletta Masina) this forms the centrepiece of what has been termed Fellini's Trilogy of Loneliness (with bookending films La strada and Le notti di Cabiria) and may be the darkest examination of human nature he ever attempted. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this long-undervalued classic in a new high-definition restoration. Special Features: Beautiful new high-definition master with the film appearing in 1080p Optional English subtitles Original theatrical trailer 36-Page Booklet featuring the words of Federico Fellini rare imagery and more! More to be announced!
The 4 essential Fellini films in one musthave boxset collection. One of the most original creative minds of the 20th Century, Fellini is unanimously voted by critics and filmmakers as one of the greatest directors of all time. Fellini's most acclaimed work, 8 1/2 won 2 OscarsÂ®, it is perennially voted the ultimate film ever, with Mastroianni playing Fellini's alterego, a film director with a creative block: struggling, he retreats in dreamy recollections of his life and lovers Rooted in Neorealism, I Vitelloni is a pivotal Fellini masterpiece, observing the mores of 1950s Italy where a clique of idlers, the Vitelloni' of the title, try to avoid adulthood. It is the avowed prototype for films like Mean Street' American Graffiti and others La Dolce Vita is Fellini's most popular masterpiece . An epochmaking landmark having become a cultural reference and an expression in itself, it is filled with mesmerising images like Anita Ekberg frolicking in Rome's Trevi fountain. It is one of the most influential and truly iconic films of all times. Giuietta degli Spiriti is Fellini's 1st colour masterpiece. Presented here for the 1st time ever in fullHD finally doing justice to the director's dazzling explosion of felliniesque' vision. This idiosyncratic paean to Woman a breathtakingly beautiful fantastical carnival ride with outstanding colour cinematography. All the same extras as individual releases: including Interviews filmed especially for CultFilms with Sandra Milo (8 Â½ & Juliet); with Lina Wertmuller (AD on 8 1/2) and Anita Ekberg (8 Â½) Documentary on the making of 8 Â½ with interviews with cast (including Anouk AimÃ©e, Claudia Cardinale), crew and Fellini himself: Explores one of filmlore's great mystery! Where a massive sequence of 8 Â½ was shot with all the cast, but not included in the film, and it was never seen again. Exclusive video Essay by Guido Bonsaver on I Vitelloni and Juliet of the Spirits Audio commentary by Kat Ellinger Understanding Fellini And many others
Later remade in Hollywood as Sweet Charity, Fellini's Nights of Cabiria is an often humorous, poignant, unflinching and vivid portrait of one woman's picaresque existence and her perseverance through adversity. Starring Fellini's wife, Giulietta Masina, as the irrepressible protagonist who previously appeared in a brief scene in The White Sheik, Nights of Cabiria marked Fellini's last foray into gritty neo-realism before venturing into the surreal satire and dream logic of La Dolce Vita and Eight And A Half. Extras: Interview with film historian Phil Kemp Original Trailer
Amarcord (or 'I Remember' in local dialect) was conceived as a tribute to Fellini's childhood upbringing in the Italian resort town of Rimini. He captures a year in the life of a provincial seaside town in the 1930s through a series of nostalgic vignettes which reflect the bizarre mixture of characters and events that the town attracts: loopy teachers strange foreigners curvaceous women a skinny nymphomaniac and a crazed solitary motorcyclist hilarious family rows a wedding and a
Later remade in Hollywood as Sweet Charity, Fellini's NIGHTS OF CABIRIA is an often humorous, poignant, unflinching and vivid portrait of one woman's picaresque existence and her perseverance through adversity. Starring Fellini's wife, Giulietta Masina, as the irrepressible protagonist who previously appeared in a brief scene in The White Sheik, NIGHTS OF CABIRIA marked Fellini's last foray into gritty neo-realism before venturing into the surreal satire and dream logic of La Dolce Vita and Eight And A Half.
Regarded by some as Federico Fellini's finest work, and the winner of the first Academy AwardÂ® for Best Foreign Language Film, La Strada is a masterpiece of 20th Century filmmaking. Sold by her impoverished mother to Zampano (Anthony Quinn), a brutish fairground wrestler, waif-like Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) lives a life of drudgery as his assistant. After taking to the road with a travelling circus, a budding relationship with Il Matto/The Fool (Richard Basehart), a gentle-natured, tightrope walking clown, offers a potential refuge from her master's clutches. Trapped by her own servile nature, Gelsomina waivers, and Zampano's volcanic temper erupts with tragic consequences. SPECIAL FEATURES: New Interview with director Julian Jarrold New Interview with Peter Matthews, Senior Lecturer, Film & Television, London College of Communication The Guardian Interview: Anthony Quinn (recorded at the BFI in 1995) Giulietta Masina 1955 Cannes interview Audio commentary by Chris Weigand on selected scenes
Fellini's most acclaimed work, 8 1/2 won two Oscars Â® including Best Foreign Film. Fellini is unanimously voted by film critics - and notably, by filmmakers - as one of the greatest directors of all time. And Fellini's 8 Â½ is revered as the most important European film ever made and film buffs' ultimate film of all time! MARCELLO MASTROIANNI is Fellini's alter ego, Guido, a successful filmmaker who, embarking on his next film, discovers he has a complete director's block: he has no story to tell ! Harassed by his producers, his mistress (SANDRA MILO) and his wife (ANOUK AIMEE) while struggling to find the inspiration for his film, he increasingly retreats in dreamy recollections of his life and lovers, until fantasy - personified by the heavenly beautiful CLAUDIA CARDINALE - his memories and reality merge in the director's mind and on screen - in an astonishing, masterful spectacle which culminates in an electrifying triumph of optimism. As Guido, Fellini's alter-ego says at the end of 8 Â½: Life is a party, let's live it together Special Features: New unique intimate interview with Sandra Milo the film's co-lead and off-screen real life companion' of Fellini. Filmed especially for this CultFilms release Interview with Lina Wertmuller, Fellini's Assistant Director on 8 Â½. Filmed especially for CultFilms. Lost Sequence documentary on the making of 8 Â½ with interviews with cast crew and Fellini himself: the focus is on one of film-lore's great mystery! Where a massive sequence was shot with all the cast, but not included in the film, and it was never seen again. Tribute to Fellini's speech on receiving his Academy Award Oscar
Winner of four Academy Awards Federico Fellini has had an immense impact on contemporary film. A visionary a dreamer a passionate storyteller and one of the most revered directors in the history of cinema Federico Fellini managed to create the most original and unique films celebrating the ceaseless carnival of life. With his vivid visual style iconic surreal imagery sly humour and magical sense for the bizarre Fellini's groundbreaking work has influenced and inspired such celebrated directors as Woody Allen Terry Gilliam and David Lynch. Included in this collection is the enchanting comedy The White Sheik (1952) (Federico Fellini's debut as a solo director and his first collaboration with composer Nino Rota) his endearing compelling and unsentimental neo-realism master piece Nights Of Cabiria (1957) and La Strada (1954) the classic drama that introduced him to the world and established him as an important creative force.
Marcello Mastroianni plays a playboy reporter on the hunt for scandal amongst Rome's high society in this classic Italian film directed by Federico Fellini. Both drawn to and repelled by the decadent lifestyle that provides his living he finds himself torn between his passion for a starlet (Anita Ekberg) and his desire for a Bohemian life like that of his friend (Alain Cuny)...
Italian maestro Federico Fellini delivers a thrilling personal memoir with this monumental and outlandish tribute to his beloved Rome - The Eternal City. This lavish autobiography full of lush fantasy sequences and monumental pageantry begins with Fellini as a youngster living in the Italian countryside. In school he studies the eclectic but parochial history of ancient Rome and then is introduced as a young man to the real thing - arriving in this strange new city on the outbreak o
Rome Open City: Roberto Rossellini's startling depiction of Nazi-occupied World War II Rome and one of the most prominent examples of his neorealist cinematic style is the story of a tenaciously held underground resistance against the Germans. When its leader Manfredi (Marcello Pagliero) and a priest Don Pietro (Aldo Fabrizi) are captured the resistance collapses with disastrous personal results to all. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay; Fellini collaborated with Rossellini in the writing of the script. 'Open City' is all the more remarkable in that it was made immediately following the liberation of Rome had been developed while Rossellini himself was in hiding and was filmed in the locations where the true events that the story are based on occurred. (Dir. Roberto Rossellini 1945) The Bicycle Thieves: After nearly two years of unemployment Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorani) finally finds work posting bills. But he needs a bicycle to do the job. Unfortunately he was forced to pawn his own bicycle long ago. In a humbling tragic scene Antonio exchanges his family's linen for his bicycle. But when the bike is stolen on his first day of work he must comb the streets of Rome in search of the bike: his family's only means to survival. Shot on location in Rome and using non-actors as a means of heightening the reality of the film Ladri Di Biciclette received the Honorary Award for Best Foreign Film at the 1950 Oscars. (Dir. Vittorio De Sica 1948) Miracle In Milan: Once upon a time an old woman discovered a young child in her cabbage patch. She cared for him until her death at which time the boy was placed into an orphanage. When the child is released from the orphanage he inspires shantytown squatters to improve their huts and enjoy the world. But as they begin to rebuild the squatters strike oil. The landowner evicts them wanting the oil for himself. But the old woman drops down from heaven to give Toto a magical dove which grants them whatever wish they want. Winner of the Grand Prize at the 1951 Cannes Film Festival - tied with Frken Julie. (Dir. Vittorio De Sica 1951) Umberto D: Retired civil servant Umberto struggles to survive on his rapidly dwindling pension in the harsh environment of post-World War II Rome a city plagued by its society's total disregard for the plight of the elderly the poor and the downtrodden. His only companions are his loyal dog Flag and a pregnant housemaid named Maria (Maria-Pia Casilio). Facing eviction from his humble home by his tyrannical landlady (Lina Gennari) Umberto's desperate failed attempts to raise money lead him to contemplate suicide. But first he must find a home for his little dog. Filmed on location in Rome with a totally non-professional cast Vittorio De Sica's compassionate but unsentimental handling of Umberto's tale devastatingly conveys the wretchedness of poverty and old age. 'Umberto D' is a deeply emotional and moving film that has quite rightly been hailed as a timeless classic of modern cinema. (Dir. Vittorio De Sica 1952) I Vitelloni: Five young men linger in post-adolescent limbo dreaming of adventure and escape from their small seacoast town. They while away their time spending the lira doled out by their indulgent families on drink women and nights at the local pool hall. Federico Fellini's second solo directorial effort is a semi-autobiographical masterpiece of sharply drawn character sketches. An international success and recipient of an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay I Vitelloni compassionately details a year in the life of small-town layabouts struggling to find meaning in their lives. (Dir. Federico Fellini 1953)
Inspired by The Decameron, World-Cinema greatests, Fellini, Visconti and De Sica lend their extraordinary talents to make these slice-of-life stories revolving around the sex games of the middle class. Working-class lovers marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A billboard of Anita Ekberg provocatively selling milk gives a prudish crusader for public decency more than he can handle. The wife of a count whose escapades with call girls make the front page of the papers decides to work to prove her independence, but what is she qualified to do? A buxom carnival-booth manager who owes back taxes offers herself for one night in a lottery: a nerdy sacristan and a jealous suitor make for a lovers' triangle. In each, women take charge, albeit not always successfully ! Extras: Sophia, yesterday, today and tomorrow: a candid intimate interview with Sophia Loren with exclusive footage of her family, close friends and collaborators such as Woody Allen, Giorgio Armani and others New HD material, finally doing justice to the filmmaker's original vision New improved subtitles Exclusive Documentary on Sophia Loren
At three brief hours, Fellini's cynical, engrossing social commentary, La Dolce Vita, stands as his timeless masterpiece. A rich, detailed panorama of Rome's modern decadence and sophisticated immorality, the film is episodic in structure but held tightly in focus by the wandering protagonist through whom we witness the sordid action. Marcello Rubini is a tabloid reporter trapped in a shallow high-society existence, as extraordinarily played by Marcello Mastroianni, a man of paradoxical, emotional juxtapositions: cool but tortured, sexy but impotent. He dreams about writing something important but remains seduced by the money and prestige that accompany his shallow position. He romanticises about finding true love but acts unfazed upon finding that his girlfriend has taken an overdose of sleeping pills. Instead, he engages in a ménage à trois, then frolics in a fountain with a giggling American starlet (bombshell Anita Ekberg), and in the film's unforgettably inspired finale, attends a wild orgy that ends, symbolically with its participants finding a rotting sea animal while wandering the beach at dawn. Fellini saw his film as life affirming (thus its title, "The Sweet Life"), but it's impossible to take him seriously. While Mastroianni drifts from one worldly pleasure to another, be it sex, drink, glamorous parties or rich foods, they are presented, through his detached eyes, as merely momentary distractions. His existence, an endless series of wild evenings and lonely mornings, is ultimately soulless and facile. Because he lacks the courage to change, Mastroianni is left with no alternative but to wearily accept and enjoy this "sweet" life. --Dave McCoy, Amazon.com
One of the maestro Federico Fellini's greatest '70s works (between Satyricon and The Clowns and Amarcord) Roma [Rome] erupts volcanically as a state-of-the-world pronouncement on what was not only happening within Rome at the tide of the hippies' organic birth and the post-Boom-set that made up his characters of the 1960s films but also where and how his city would move feverishly forward into one of potential futures. As Fellini himself travels with his crew to document the ring-road circling Rome with all the natural diversions that might inherently divert a traditional film shoot we move into episodes that chart the wartime difficulties of Roman life across those fleeting times that chronicle love and life within the modern-day Rome-time themselves pitted against the archaeological vestiges of the great city - and the Catholic church rears its dominance and we come into a midpoint that positions itself indeed between the memory-cinema of Satyricon and Amarcord. One of the great and bountiful colour-spectacles of Fellini's cinema almost leapt off toward from the moment of Giulietta of the Spirits Fellini's Roma remains a passionate testament both to the city that finally claimed him as its son after he left small Rimini and to the final stage of cinema that he himself would work till the day he died. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Fellini's Roma in a Blu-ray edition for the first time in the UK. Special Features: Gorgeous restored 1080p HD transfer of the film Outtakes from the film More to be announced closer to the release date 36-Page Booklet featuring the words of Fellini and more
Probably Fellini's most acclaimed work 8 ½ won two Oscars including Best Foreign Film and is one of the great films about moviemaking perhaps the reason it is filmmakers' and film buffs' ultimate film of all time. A film director (a magnificent Marcello Mastroianni) is struggling to find the creativity required to deliver his next movie and consequently is being hassled by industry figures as well as his wife (Anouk Aimée) and his mistress (Sandra Milo). In order to escape his tormentors the director retreats into a world of memories dreams and fantasies. The result is a dazzling array of themes and images which make 8 ½ the quintessential Fellini movie. Special Features: Exclusive 50 min documentary on the famously lost ending of 8 ½: Lost Sequence Interview with Assistant Director Lina Wertmuller and Theatrical Trailers
Federico Fellini's epic 1980 fantasia introduced the start of the Maestro's delirious late period. A surrealist tour-de-force filmed on soundstages and locations alike, and overflowing with the same sensory (and sensual) invention heretofore found only in the classic movie-musicals (and Fellini's own oeuvre), La citta delle donne [City of Women] taps into the era's restless youth-culture, coalescing into nothing less than Fellini's post-punk opus. Marcello Mastroianni appears as Fellini's alter ego in a semi-reprise of his character from 8-1/2, Snaporaz. As though passing into a dream, the charismatic avatar finds himself initiated into a phantasmagoric world where women - or an idea of women - have taken power, and which is structured like an array of psychosexual set-pieces - culminating in a bravura hot-air balloon that decisively sticks the anti up into climax. A great adventure through the looking-glass, as it were, of Fellini's own phallic lens and life-long libidinal ruminations, La citta delle donne sharply divided critics at the 1980 Festival de Cannes, some of whom had merely anticipated a nostalgic retread of the earlier Mastroianni works. What they were greeted with, and what remains today, is, in the words of Serge Daney, a victory of cinema. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present La citta delle donne on Blu-ray and DVD in Gaumont's glorious new HD restoration. Special Features: Newly Translated Optional Subtitles Substantial Booklet Containing Writing on the Film, Vintage Exerpts and Rare Archival Imagery
As famously described by its director Fellini Satyricon is a science-fiction film but one that looks backward into the past rather than forward into the future. One of Federico Fellini's most famous films and a landmark of counter-culture cinema Fellini Satyricon marked a radical new direction for the creator of La strada and La dolce vita. Based loosely on Petronius's classical (and fragmentary) text Fellini Satyricon plunges into ancient Roman society in its most debauched period transforming the era of Nero into a landscape perhaps no more or less alien than the worlds Fellini himself inhabited... Europe at the end of the Sixties and the dream-tapestry that augmented his own life and aided him in producing so many unforgettable films. With its rich palette of hues and virtuosic composition within the 'Scope frame Fellini Satyricon merges aesthetic and sensual liberty into a boldly visionary epic. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Fellini Satyricon for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK from a new 4K restoration. Bonus Features: New 1080p presentation of the film from a new 4K restoration Optional English Language Track Copius documentary behind-the- scenes and interview material to be announced soon 48-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a new essay by Pasquale Iannone on Fellini and his usage of the 'Scope frame; rare archival imagery; and more
One of the Fellini films which has been out of circulation for many years I clowns [The Clowns] has long been revered by Fellini enthusiasts for the several decades since its release as among the Maestro's finest works — a thrilling spectacle once seen for the first time — and a picture which after multiple viewings easily takes its place alongside such classics as La strada Le notti di Cabiria La dolce vita Satyricon Amarcord... but in a register all its own. I clowns plays out in dazzling colour and in episodic cascade just as in all of Fellini's late-60s-and-beyond films. As the circus rolls into town and the big-tent gets erected the clowns execute their acts with feverish can-you-believe-it bravado. It's all true — and yet not a documentary per se; rather something in-between a dramatic-comedic portrayal of gags-at-play and the memoria of all that makes the spark for childhood inspiration to ignite into creative virtuosity... and/or into something like Federico Fellini. A great and under acknowledged treasure of the cinema I clowns takes its place alongside such films as Bergman's Carnies' Twilight Ophuls's Lola Montès Étaix's Yoyo Jerry Lewis's The Day the Clown Cried and Tati's Parade as one of the grand portraits of the clowning circus of a bygone era of the wandering entertainer. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Federico Fellini's I clowns in a special Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition for the first time in the UK. Bonus Features: New high-definition 1080p presentation of feature on the Blu-ray and in a progressive encode on the DVD New and improved English subtitles Fellini's Circus — an essay-film about the picture by the great Italian critic and scholar Adriano Aprà A 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring new writing about the film rare archival imagery and more!
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