Fellini's first colour film is an homage to his real-life wife, Giulietta Masina who gives a superb yet nuanced performance in this stunning cinema classic. Giulietta plays her namesake, a bored, timid and unfulfilled wife who, suspecting her husband's infidelity, enters a surreal fantasy journey of self-discovery filled with dreams and fantasies. Much of her fantasies involve her sexually liberated neighbour Suzy, played by Sandra Milo (Fellini's lover in real life!! - those Italians can be so adult' about things!) Fellini becomes Felliniesque - and for the 1st time, in colour! emphasised as always though by a delightful whimsical Nino Rota score.
Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, his 1963 semi-autobiographical story about a worshipped filmmaker who has lost his inspiration, is still a mesmerising mystery tour that has been quoted (Woody Allen's Stardust Memories, Paul Mazursky's Alex in Wonderland) but never duplicated. Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido, a director trying to relax a bit in the wake of his latest hit. Besieged by people eager to work with him, however, he also struggles to find his next idea for a film. The combined pressures draw him within himself, where his recollections of significant events in his life and the many lovers he has left behind begin to haunt him. The marriage of Fellini's hyper real imagery, dreamy sidebars and the gravity of Guido's increasing guilt and self-awareness make this as much a deeply moving, soulful film as it is an electrifying spectacle. Mastroianni is wonderful in the lead, his woozy sensitivity to Guido's freefall both touching and charming--all the more so as the character becomes increasingly divorced from the celebrity hype that ultimately outpaces him. --Tom Keogh
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: HD Restoration of the Film, presented in 1080p on the Blu-ray Newly Translated Optional Subtitles Substantial Booklet Containing Writing on the Film, Vintage Exerpts and Rare Archival Imagery
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
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
Welcome to a bittersweet world of episodic adventures and strange encounters. Welcome to a sordid nocturnal world of ruthless callous boyfriends and stray movie stars looking for seedy kicks. Welcome to the harsh unforgiving streets of a crumbling Rome where hope can still prevail and dreams cradle the lost. Welcome to the world of Cabiria a feisty loud outspoken and somewhat na''ve prostitute waiting for a miracle and one of the most unforgettable and endearing characters of European cinema. Eventually remade in Hollywood as Sweet Charity Nights Of Cabiria is a 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 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.
The amusing and entertaining adventures of a recently released mental patient and his band of misfits, discover conspiracies to concur while looking for love.
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
Made in 1978 for Italian television, Orchestra Rehearsal is possibly Fellini's most satirical and overtly political film. An allegorical pseudo-documentary, the film depicts an Italian television crew's visit to a dilapidated auditorium (a converted 13th-century church) to meet an orchestra assembling to rehearse under the instruction of a tyrannical conductor. The TV crew interviews the various musicians who each speak lovingly about their chosen instruments. However, as petty squabbles break out amid the different factions of the ensemble, and the conductor berates his musicians, the meeting descends into anarchy and vandalism. A destructive crescendo ensues before the musicians regroup and play together once more in perfect harmony. Abounding with its director's trademark rich imagery and expressive style, Orchestra Rehearsal marks the last collaboration between Fellini and the legendary composer Nino Rota (due to the latter's death in 1979) who provides one of his most beautiful themes in the film's conclusion. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original 1.0 mono sound Optional English subtitles Richard Dyer on Nino Rota and Orchestra Rehearsal, the film scholar talks about the great composer and his last collaboration with Fellini Orchestrating Discord, a visual essay on the film by Fellini biographer John Baxter Gallery featuring rare poster and press material on the film from the Felliniana collection of Don Young Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Adrian Martin
""My ambition has always been to restore fantasy to the cinema "" revealed renowned Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini. And so he did in this feverishly brilliant succession of grotesque and macabre images which make the fantasies of his films 8 and Juliet of the Spirits seem as child's play. Fellini Satyricon is a spectacle in colour recreating the bawdy and lecherous days of Nero's reign in ancient Rome. It immerses you in a universe unconcerned with human dignity and obsessed with
Fellini's film is an adaptation set in contemporary Rome of Poe's Never Bet the Devil Your Head published in 1841. Poe's work is a brief comic satire of the transcendentalist movements that were then popular in Europe and America. Fellini's work takes two elements from Poe's story: First the plot of a drunk who confronts a mysterious stranger on a bridge and bets him his head; the man fails to see that the stranger is the devil who subsequently wins the bet. Second Fellini takes the name Toby Dammit, Toby being an English slang term for ass in Poe's time. (1) In short Toby Dammit is a dammed ass. Included is the 2008, Toby Dammit cinema version restored under the personal supervision of its renowned cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno. Screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it was widely acclaimed by the press as a lost Fellini masterpiece.
Some people don't give a damn about your daughter's welfare.... Broderick Crawford takes the role of Augusto in this finely sculpted drama about an ageing con man and his two young sidekicks Roberto and Picasso who swindle the local's out of their money. But Augusto's young accomplices have dreams dreams that are far removed from the lives they lead now. Augusto however still sees his future as a petty theif swindling enough to pay for his nightlife and a better lifestyle. Little could he know though that his own existance would take an unexpected twist as he accidentally bumps into his daughter someone he hasn't seen for some time and who he discovers is having a tough time trying to make ends meet to finish her studies. Surprisingly he finds his attitude changing as it becomes apparent that for the first time in his life his daughter needs his help and maybe he can do something for someone else! In the absence of his partners in crime he joins another group of swindlers but events turn sour and his new partners prove less than charitable toward Augusto when their money goes missing and in retribution leave him a broken and beaten man....
The winner of the first ever Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film available on DVD for the first time! Giulietta Masina (the late Federico Fellini's wife) stars as Gelsomina who is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampano (Anthony Quinn) a vicious strongman. They join up with a travelling circus where Zampano encounters his old rival tightrope artist The Fool (Richard Basehart). The Fool befriends Gelsomina and presents her with an uplifting view of the world as oppo
Federico Fellini's darkest film cracks through the myth of Giacomo Casanova. As played by Donald Sutherland (M.A.S.H, Don't Look Now), the notorious womanizer is presented as a pitiable and terrifying figure. Casanova craves respect as a scholar and yearns to pursue his interest in alchemy. A sex scandal lands him in prison, but an escape to Paris provides him a new lease of life. Yet every Court in Europe and its attendant patrons and hostesses will only entertain him if he lives up to his reputation in theritual displays of sex and courtship which form part of the daily life of 18th Century Europe. Fellini had dealt with the theme of the frustration of human desires in La Dolce Vita and 8 Â½. In Casanova, the nobleman's search for happiness achieves tragedy, a painful reflection of the human condition. Fellini's Casanova is celebrated for its production values and costume design, for which Danilo Donati won Academy and BAFTA awards, and is made memorable by Nino Rota's unusual haunting score. This twilight work is one of the greatest films of the 1970s. Sutherland's performance is the most astonishing piece of screen acting since Brando's in Last Tango in Paris - Time Out A spectacular visual fantasy which succeeds in capturing the emotional and moral void at the heart of the Casanova myth ... a beautiful, indulgent private fantasy - Film4
A film of rare visual daring and imagination in which each frame is meticulously and attentively designed Fellini's Casanova is one of the Italian maestro's most sumptuous productions. In an astonishing piece of screen acting Donald Sutherland portrays Casanova in his waning days engaging in various amorous and political adventures with an air of bored detachment as he travels through a disease-ridden Europe. Imbued with a romantic pessimism the film debunks the myth of Casanova as a great lover and instead presents him as an ordinary man swept along by extraordinary circumstances. Featuring a compelling and complex score by long-standing collaborator Nina Rota Fellini's Casanova also boasts Oscar-winning costume design by Danilo Donati. Shot entirely on the lavish soundstages of Rome's Cinecitta Studios the film is popularly viewed as the directors elegiac farewell to a bygone era of Italian Cinema.
In this wonderfully affectionate and satirical 1986 film italian cinematic maestro Federico Fellini (La Dolce Vita 8 1/2) celebrates the legacy of Rogers and Astaire - and sends up tacky television - with this touching tale of two elderly dancers who model themselves on cinem's greatest dance duo and who reunite after 30 years for one final TV dance spectacular. starring two of Italy's greatest acting talents: Cannes `best actress' winner Giulietta Masina (Nights Of Cabir
La Dolce Vita (1960): 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)... Giuliette Degli Spiriti (1965) I Vitelloni (1953): 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. Criterion's DVD also includes an exclusive documentary featuring interviews with late actor Leopoldo Trieste and other actors technicians and scholars; the original trailer and newsreels from the time of the film's release; a collection of stills posters and memorabilia; and more. 8 1/2: (1963) One of the greatest films about film ever made Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastrioanni) is a director whose film -- and life -- is collapsing around him. An early working title for the film was La Bella Confusione (The Beautiful Confusion) and Fellini's masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream a circus and a magic act. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the 1963 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign-Language Film - one of the most written about talked about and imitated movies of all time -- in a beautifully restored new all digital transfer. Disc Two features Fellini's rarely seen first film for television Fellini: A Director's Notebook (1969). Produced by Peter Goldfarb this ""imagined documentary"" of Fellini on Fellini is a kaleidoscope of unfinished projects all of which provide a fascinating and candid window into the director's unique and creative process.
Eschewing the path of glorification Fellini's Casanova seeks to humanize the man behind the myth by presenting him as just a normal human being swept up by extraordinairy circumstances. Rather than depict the great lover as a romantic compassionate man Fellini sought to present him as a pompous sex machine therefore stripping the character of his literary majesty. For his tremendous efforts Danilo Donati won an Oscar for Best Costume Design and the film just missed
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 comp
La Dolce Vita: Marcello Mastroianni plays a gossip columnist (the term 'paparazzi' derives from a character in the film) who aspires to be a more serious writer but knows he never will be, because like society, he is fascinated by the decadent hedonistic pursuits, which are seemingly everywhere. The Vatican was appalled by the film, but the public adored it, relishing the images Fellini fed them, most notably the now infamous scene of Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg frolicking i...
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