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A SECOND CHILDHOOD: THE CINEMA OF FEDERICO FELLINI

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THURSDAY, JUNE 2ND TO THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD

EGYPTIAN & AERO THEATRES

"I have invented myself entirely … a childhood, a personality, longings, dreams and memories, all in order to enable me to tell them." - Federico Fellini  

One of the most fabulously creative, often imitated and idiosyncratic artists of the 20th century, on par with such titanic figures as Pablo Picasso in painting and Igor Stravinsky in music, Italian director Federico Fellini (1920 - 1993) remains in a category all his own, godfather to a carnival gallery of prostitutes, strongmen, film directors, vaudevillians and clowns, who share a sympathetic bond with each other against the often cruel and unfeeling "civilized" world outside of theirs and Fellini’s. His greatest works, including 8 1/2, LA DOLCE VITA, NIGHTS OF CABIRIA, LA STRADA and AMARCORD, seem to spring from an almost unbridled imagination, but one that is connected to a profound understanding of the human experience. Fellini observed, "[In my films] there is an effort to show a world without love, characters full of selfishness, people exploiting one another, and, in the midst of it all, there is always - and especially in the films with Giulietta [Masina] - a little creature who wants to give love and who lives for love."

THURSDAY, JUNE 2ND AT 7:30PM

AERO THEATRE

NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (LE NOTTI DI CABIRIA) - in Italian w/ English subtitles
Dir. Federico Fellini
1957, Rialto Pictures, 125 min.

Giulietta Masina won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her unforgettable portrayal of a Roman prostitute named Cabiria who endures life’s tragedies with a heartbreaking, almost Chaplin-esque innocence and resilience. Winner of the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, NIGHTS was later remade as the stage musical and film SWEET CHARITY - but the original remains unbeatable. Print restored by Canal Plus.





SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH AT 7:30PM

AERO THEATRE

8 1/2 (OTTO E MEZZO) - in Italian w/ English subtitles
Dir. Federico Fellini
1963, Corinth Films, 144 min.

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and arguably Fellini’s greatest masterpiece. The great Marcello Mastroianni stars as a very Fellini-like director trying to escape the self-made chaos of his artistic and personal lives at an Italian health spa, where he’s pursued by jealous mistresses, demanding producers and surreal fantasies of his own past, present and future. Co-starring Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo, Rossella Falk and Barbara Steele.





THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD AT 7:30PM

EGYPTIAN THEATRE

LA DOLCE VITA - in Italian w/ English subtitles
Dir. Federico Fellini
1960, Paramount, 185 min.

"I feel that decadence is indispensable to rebirth." - Fellini

Director Federico Fellini feels his way from the neo-realist past to the illusory future in this incredible emotional travelogue of the soul of modern Rome. How better to open the free-wheeling 1960s than with this alternately funny, feral, sweet and seductive meditation on what is truly meaningful (if anything) for the dusk-to-dawn Italian jet set? Marcello Mastroianni was catapulted into superstar status as the sensitive tabloid reporter juggling the affections of several women (voluptuous movie star Anita Ekberg, icy mistress Anouk Aimee and neurotic girlfriend Magali Noel) while making the rounds of the spirit-destroying nightlife of the Via Veneto. Mastroianni’s scene with Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain at dawn remains one of the most timeless, memorable images ever to emerge from world cinema. Print restored by Mediaset-Cinema Forever.





 

Genre:

Foreign Films