Thursday 2 January 2014

Interview with Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini was born in the Italian seaside village of Rimini in 1920. He left for Rome in 1938 and enrolled in university to avoid being drafted. In the years prior to the outbreak of World War II he made his living as a cartoonist. He also began writing and acting in sketch comedy and radio.

When Roberto Rossellini wanted to cast Fellinis' friend Fabrizi in one of his films, Fellini arranged their meeting. Through that contact he started work as an assistant scriptwriter and was given access to the inner workings of how films are created and edited, thus beginning his new career as a film director.

His career in cinema spanned five decades and he gained much critical acclaim. He won many awards including four Oscars in the Best Foreign Language category.

Many current filmmakers such as Woody Allen, David Lynch, Pedro Almodovar and Terry Gilliam claimed to have been influenced in their work by Fellini.

This interview with Fellini was recorded on 8th December 1972. He was between the films Fellini's Roma and Amarcord at the time.


Unknown said...

Maestro Fellini, indeed. Courage, humour, vision, style.

Henry Sheppard said...

Something for everyone.