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Federico Fellini: The Complete Films

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On the set of La Strada (1954): Richard Basehart is the first in a long line of international actors to grace Fellini’s films
On the set of La Strada (1954): Richard Basehart is the first in a long line of international actors to grace Fellini’s films. © The Kobal Collection

“I have invented myself entirely,” filmmaker Federico Fellini famously said. “A childhood, a personality, longings, dreams and memories, all in order to enable me to tell them.”

“I have invented myself entirely,” filmmaker Federico Fellini famously said. “A childhood, a personality, longings, dreams and memories, all in order to enable me to tell them.”

In Federico Fellini: The Complete Films, author Chris Wiegand and editor Paul Duncan take a journey through Fellini’s extensive career, covering not only his films, but moments on set and from his life. Spanning nearly half a century, the book explores everything from his directorial debut, Luci del varietà (1950), a film about travelling vaudeville performers, to filmic triumphs including La Dolce Vita (1960) and the unforgettable Satyricon (1969), through to later films such as The Voice of the Moon (1990) starring Roberto Benigni. Working alongside his wife and muse, Giulietta Massina, who starred in several of his films, Fellini was known for using the same actors, including the incomparable Marcello Mastroianni, who is considered to be Fellini’s filmic alter-ego.

Still from Fellini’s Satyricon (1969)
Still from Fellini’s Satyricon (1969) © Herbert Klemens/Filmbild Fundus Robert Fischer
The ex-slave Trimalchione (Maro Romagnoli) is a nouveau riche who likes to show off his wealth with lavish banquets and recitals of his meaningful poetry.

On the set of La Dolce Vita” (1960)
On the set of La Dolce Vita” (1960) © British Film Institute Stills, Posters and Designs
Federico Fellini shows Anita Ekberg how to disembark from an aeroplane like a movie star.

On the set of La Strada (1954)
On the set of La Strada (1954) © Studio Patellani/Corbis
Giulietta Masina remains in character as Federico Fellini makes adjustments to her posture and dress.

On the set of The Voice of the Moon (1990)): Roberto Benigni being manipulated by puppeteer Federico Fellini
On the set of The Voice of the Moon (1990)): Roberto Benigni being manipulated by puppeteer Federico Fellini © British Film Institute Stills, Posters and Designs
Roberto Benigni being manipulated by puppeteer Federico Fellini.

On the set of 8 ½ (1963)
On the set of 8 ½ (1963) © British Film Institute Stills, Posters and Designs
Fellini shows Marcello Mastroianni and Sandra Milo how he wants them to make love.

Still from 8 ½ (1963)
Still from 8 ½ (1963) © Herbert Klemens/Filmbild Fundus Robert Fischer
Fellini often compared his role as a film director with that of a ringmaster. Here he makes the connection explicit.

Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina in Venice (c.1955)
Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina in Venice (c.1955) © Hulton Getty Archive
Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina pictured in Venice (c.1955).

Federico Fellini: The Complete Films is out now, published by Taschen.

Text by Ananda Pellerin

Ananda Pellerin is a London-based writer and regular contributor to anothermag.com.

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