A poet, visionary and saintly innocent takes delight in the life of his small Emilian village and his secret love for the moon-faced Aldina. –Inbaseline
Federico Fellini was born in 1920 to a provincial middle-class family in Rimini, a small town on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The lack of available options to young men in provincial towns is an important theme in some of his films, most notably I Vitelloni and Amarcord. In fact, Orson Welles once described Fellini as “a small-town boy who’s never really come to Rome. He’s still dreaming about it. And we should all be grateful for those dreams.” He initially arrived in Rome as a law student but his career as a satirical cartoonist and gag writer was already well established by then. His childhood fascination with the circus and the Grand Guignol also governed his cinephilia in these early years. His favourite films were American comedies by Chaplin, Keaton, Harry Langdon and the Marx Brothers. It was only after he came into contact with the circle of Ettore Scola, Cesare Zavattini, Aldo Fabrizi and Roberto Rossellini, that he would seriously consider the cinema as a medium of expression… read more
Dove vanno tutte quelle scintille? E il fuoco quando si spegne dove va? Come la musica, che nessuno sa dove va quando finisce. Quante idee mi vengono a stare qui, ma volano via, come quelle scintille, come si fa a fermarle nonna? Tu ci riesci? Come mi piace ricordare, più che vivere, del resto... che differenza fa?