With their blend of earthiness and dreamlike surrealism, the films of Federico Fellini dominated mid-twentieth-century art-house cinema. Though he began his career as a screenwriter for the neorealist titan Roberto Rossellini, Fellini quickly developed his own personal, poetic style in early triumphs like LA STRADA—starring his wife and muse Giulietta Masina—and in increasingly phantasmagorical masterpieces like 8½, JULIET OF THE SPIRITS, and AMARCORD. Larger than life, these internationally acclaimed works translated their creator’s memories, fantasies, and obsessions into teeming, carnivalesque images so inimitable they demanded the creation of a new adjective—“Felliniesque”—to do them justice.
Directed by Federico Fellini • 1957 • Italy
Starring Giulietta Masina, François Périer
Giulietta Masina won Best Actress at Cannes as the title character of one of Fellini’s most haunting films. Oscar winner for best foreign-language film, NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (LE NOTTI DI CABIRIA) is the tragic st...
Directed by Federico Fellini • 1965 • Italy
Starring Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu
Cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo’s masterful use of Technicolor transforms JULIET OF THE SPIRITS, Fellini’s first color feature, into a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories. Giulietta Masina ...