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Amarcord Rimini Bike Tour

This sounds interesting:

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary Federico Fellini's death and the 40th of the film Amarcord, Discover Rimini proposes a bike tour to discover places related to the famous film director, winner of 4 Oscars, in his hometown Rimini.

From the cemetery with the monumental grave of the Master and his wife, Giulietta Masina, the tour leads to Borgo San Giuliano with houses decorated with murals linked to Fellini. The tour continues and crossing the Tiberius Bridge it enters in Rimini historic centre where the Master was born and lived before he moved to Rome at nineteen years. The Cinema Fulgor, Piazza Cavour, Corso d'Augusto, Gambalunga Palace and the Temple of S. Antonio are places that have marked his life as a boy and which have been present in his films. Follows the visit in the City Museum where the book by Fellini "Il Libro dei Sogni" (The Book of Dreams) is on exhibition, and then the tour leads to the sea area and ends at the Grand Hotel, Fellini's venue when he visited Rimini, situated beside the square with his name, Piazzale Fellini.

Booking is requested within the day before.

Get full details here: Amarcord Rimini. Bike tour following the track of Federico Fellini

Kubrick a Fellini Fan

We know that Fellini admired 2001: A Space Odyssey via his telegram to Kubrick, but recent news also shows Stanley Kubrick's admiration for Fellini's films - he even listed I Vitelloni as his #1 film at one point:

The first and only (as far as we know) Top 10 list Kubrick submitted to anyone was in 1963 to a fledgling American magazine named Cinema (which had been founded the previous year and ceased publication in 1976). Here's that list:

  1. I Vitelloni (Fellini, 1953)
  2. Wild Strawberries (Bergman, 1957)
  3. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
  4. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Huston, 1948)
  5. City Lights (Chaplin, 1931)
  6. Henry V (Olivier, 1944)
  7. La notte (Antonioni, 1961)
  8. The Bank Dick (Fields, 1940)
  9. Roxie Hart (Wellman, 1942)
  10. Hell's Angels (Hughes, 1930)

This list (a great list, you should see them all!) and many more details are from an article on the BFI website "Stanley Kubrick, cinephile"

In Rimini, Looking for Fellini's World

New article about Fellini in the New York Times travel section:

rimini-fountain.jpgFrancesco Lastrucci for The New York Times

"Dreamlike as the director's vision might have been, my search was for the real Fellini. For several days last February, I visited the director's hometown on Italy's northeastern coast, in search of places that inspired scenes in his movies, and ones that were significant in his own life.

Fellini was born in Rimini in 1920, and lived there until just before World War II; one challenge for the Fellini-obsessed traveler is that much of the town from the director's time had been destroyed during the war. A second challenge was that Fellini had romanticized the settings in the two movies that are most commonly associated with Rimini, "Amarcord" (1973) and the ultra-charming "I Vitelloni" (1953), so those places aren't always easily recognizable on the ground."

New film about Fellini planned

The story is from Variety:

Set in Los Angeles in March 1957, story follows Fellini's first voyage to America to attend the Oscars, during which he went missing for 48 hours and barely made it to the ceremony. Pic postulates what might have happened during those two days, after which the helmer returned to Italy and directed his two most revered films, "La Dolce Vita" and "8 1/2."

Script finds Fellini discovering the jazz and surf scenes and falling for a veterinarian while his wife tries to drown her sorrows by cavorting with Ricky Nelson. Howard will play a jazz musician who introduces Fellini to his world; Macy will play Fellini's publicist; and Dinklage will play the vet's lover.

Interesting stuff and sounds like a real project, but also looks like a lot of it will be fiction(alized).

Screenwriter Tonino Guerra dead at 92

Guerra was prolific and worked with many directors including Fellini, Antonioni and Tarkovsky. The obituary from the Independent is very good:

In 1973 Amarcord (in dialect, "I Remember") was the first of three films with Fellini and one of his most personal, drawing on the two men's memories of their Rimini youths. It brought a third Oscar nomination, though he lost to Dog Day Afternoon. The novelisation appeared under both their names but seems mostly to have been Guerra's work. After Casanova in 1976 Fellini wanted Guerra to write City of Woman but he was wooing a Russian woman at the time and felt it would be impossible as he commuted between Rome and Moscow. But he later returned to work with Fellini on the parable And the Ship Sails On (1983) and the amusing if lightweight Ginger and Fred (1986).

Fellini's telegram to Kubrick

Via the fantastic website Letters of Note:

Fellini's telegram to Kubrick

Google pays homage to Fellini

Fellini would had been 92 on Friday -


(ANSA) - Rome, January 20 - Google paid homage to Italian movie great Federico Fellini Friday with a doodle on the anniversary of his birth in 1920.

The black-and-white doodle shows the maestro in jacket and tie behind a film camera whose two reels form letters of the Google logo.

It was the second Fellini-linked doodle since December 3 when his longtime music collaborator Nino Rota was honoured.

Campari commercial by Fellini

Here is a strange bit of 80s advertising (it looks much older!)

Via 3quarksdaily.com.com

Anita Ekberg ask Fellini Foundation for money

Not a happy holiday story:

Her years as a Sixties film icon must seem a very long time ago now for Anita Ekberg. For the Swedish actress, who entered cinema history the moment she stepped into Rome's Trevi Fountain during the celebrated scene in Federico Fellini's 1960 masterpiece La Dolce Vita, has fallen on very hard times indeed.

Things are so bad, that three months after her 80th birthday, the actress has asked her accountant, Massimo Morais, to request financial help from the Fellini Foundation, which was set up to honour the achievements of the renowned Italian director.

From better days:


Short video clip here from the BBC, from a longer interview that will air later today:

"Claudia Cardinale has starred in more than 100 films since the 1950s.

She had major roles in two of Italy's most famous films, Fellini's 8 1/2 and Visconti's The Leopard.

She also did a stint in Hollywood in films like The Professionals and The Pink Panther.

Claudia Cardinale is still acting and has recently starred in small independent films such as Being Italian with Signora Enrica.

The film opened the Turkish Film Festival which is underway in London.

You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Tuesday 29 November at 04:30, 09:30, 15:30 and 21:30 GMT and on BBC News Channel on Tuesday 29 November at 04:30 GMT and on Wednesday 30 November at 00:30 GMT."

Finding Fellini in Rome

Nice article about Fellini's Rome and where you can still find traces of it or the current equivalent:

But it also helps to be looking through the proper lens--to notice, for instance, that those would-be flaneurs outside trendy Bar del Fico (Piazza del Fico, 26; www.bardelfico.it), their heads turning in unison every time a pretty girl walks by, are straight out of "I Vitelloni," the director's pivotal portrait of frustrated, provincial 20-something men.

Sometimes Fellini's Rome and Felliniesque Rome live in close proximity. The apartment that Federico and Giulietta shared (Via Margutta, 110) is on a small, charming street where Truman Capote once lived and Puccini composed. There's not much to see except a plaque on the building with caricatures of the pair and a commemorative poem in Roman dialect. But notice the number on the door of the palazzo: above the 110, it says "Già 113"--formerly 113--a very Felliniesque address.

This is a bummer of a story. The "crisis" in Itlay is very real:

The-Grand-Hotel-rimini.jpgIt won't be lost on many Italians that la dolce vita in Italy has turned rather sour when even The Grand Hotel in Rimini is, for the first time in its history, preparing to shut for the winter.

The palatial hotel, so beloved of film maker Federico Fellini, will close from January to Easter, its owners have announced, as Italy's economic crisis bites and the demand for five-star watering holes - even ones as mythical as this - goes into hibernation.

It was officially listed as an Italian national monument in 1994, and featured in many of Fellini's films, most notably as a sumptuous backdrop in his 1973 picture Amarcord, a coming-of-age comedy, in which he took liberal swipes at Mussolini and the Catholic Church.

Does anybody own "La Dolce Vita"?

I still don't understand how this film isn't "owned" by someone:

According to IMF, the original producers of the film assigned the rights in 1962 to Cinemat, S.A., which transferred rights in 1980 to Hor A.G., which transferred rights the following year to Oriental Films, which transferred rights in 1998 to Cinestampa, which then transferred rights in 2001 to IMF. A year later, IMF filed a registration with the US Copyright Office on a restoration copy of the Fellini film.

More here.

File under I am not sure where, but here is part of retelling of an affair between Germaine Greer and Fellini from many years ago (as written by her):

Within hours I was writing to Fellini that he couldn't reduce the Marquise du Chatelet to a huge-breasted nurse for the senile Rousseau. His response was to come to see me in my tiny house in the Montanare di Cortona. A big blue Mercedes appeared at the top of my steep, rocky road. Fellini got out and calmly sent the driver away till next morning. We talked all afternoon about the concept of the film, to some purpose, I flatter myself, even though Federico continued to watch me as I spoke, even whistling between his teeth from time to time, as if he wasn't listening. I would have made supper, but Federico was even more fussy and valetudinarian than your average Italian man, and insisted on making himself risotto bianco with only a single leaf of basil to flavour it. He was already on beta-blockers and drank no wine at all. There was never any question of his sleeping anywhere but in the big bed with me, but he was horrified to find that I slept with all the windows open. He changed into the brown silk pyjamas with cream piping that he had brought in his little overnight bag, and hung his clothes up carefully for the next day. Every couple of hours he made a quick call to his wife Giulietta, back home in their apartment on the Via Margutta

This is interesting stuff - hysterical that Fellini cooked for himself! There is more here from the Guardian.

Memoirs shed new light on "La Dolce Vita"

Very interesting article about the origins of La Dolce Vita by Tom Kington of the Guardian:

Federico Fellini's classic depiction of decadent American starlets and photographers changed cinema forever. Now the journalist who chronicled 1950s life on Rome's glitzy Via Veneto and briefed Fellini for his film has decided to give his own definitive account of the era. As far as Ciuffa, now 77, is concerned, 50 years later he is setting the record straight, by writing La Dolce Vita, Minute by Minute. "The real Dolce Vita started in Rome years before the cafes opened on Via Veneto and had as much to do with mysterious deaths, drug abuse and debauched Roman aristocrats as with Hollywood," he said. While photographers such as Tazio Secchiaroli have long been seen as inspirations for Paparazzo, the character in La Dolce Vita who gave celebrity-chasing photographers their name, Ciuffa claims he provided source material for the cynical columnist-about-town, played to laconic perfection by Marcello Mastroianni.

Read it all.

"Paparazzo" Felice Quinto

The AP is reporting on the death of Felice Quinto "Celebrity photographer Felice Quinto dies at 80" who Fellini based his infamous character from La Dolce Vita, Paparazzo, on:

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Felice Quinto, a renowned celebrity photographer and the likely model for the character Paparazzo in Federico Fellini's 1960 film "La Dolce Vita," has died. He was 80.

Quinto died of pneumonia on Jan. 16 in Rockville, his wife, Geraldine Quinto, said Monday.

Quinto often was referred to as the "king of the paparazzi" -- a term derived from the character in "La Dolce Vita" -- and he pioneered some of the aggressive tactics that celebrity photographers use to this day.

He would hide in bushes, wear disguises and zip around Rome on a motorcycle, taking photos that appeared in gossip publications around the world.

Quinto was born in Milan in 1929 and befriended Fellini while living in Rome in the 1950s. According to his wife, Fellini asked Quinto to play a photographer in "La Dolce Vita," but he declined because he was making more money taking pictures. He briefly appeared in the film as a bystander.

"By the time Fellini came out with his movie, it was already about four years that I had been doing photography," Quinto told the Dallas Morning News in 1985.

In 1960, Quinto snapped a picture of actress Anita Ekberg -- who appeared in "La Dolce Vita" as a starlet hounded by Paparazzo -- kissing a married movie producer at a cafe in Rome.

Quinto told ABC News in 1997 that Ekberg shot arrows at him as he stood outside her house at 5 a.m. One nicked Quinto's hand, and another struck a photographer's car.

Battle rages over Fellini's legacy

Quite a messy story being reported in several outlets about Fellini's niece and his foundation:

Federico Fellini, revered in Italy as a cine matic great and cited abroad as a key influence on Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, is at the centre of a row in his home town of Rimini.

Celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the director's birth have been marred by a battle over his legacy between his niece and the foundation set up in his name to promote such classics as La Dolce Vita.

Francesca Fabbri Fellini, the daughter of Fellini's sister, has stormed off the board of the foundation, claiming that she was frozen out and has taken with her Fellini's personal library and his collection of Oscars.

A tale of money, blood ties and show business, the battle of Rimini has upstaged the opening in Italy of Nine, the musical film starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Nicole Kidman inspired by Fellini's 1963 masterpiece 8½.

Despite rumours in Rimini that she craved the limelight at the foundation, Fabbri Fellini said the truth was she has been snubbed. "When the Fellini Prize was awarded to Sidney Lumet in November, no one bothered to introduce me to the American director," she told the Italian newspaper Il Resto Del Carlino. "I had to chase him down the corridor of the Grand Hotel in Rimini at the end of the evening to meet him."

Fellini blog posts

Here are a couple of interesting blog posts from around the web about Fellini films - "Fellini's Faces" and "Wine in Fellini's La Dolce Vita" - both worth a read.

It is great to see people both viewing and thinking about and discussing these films in 2010.

Fellini's Women

Here is a photo feature from Style.com on "Fellini's Women".

Fellini by Milo Manara

You learn something new every day. I just came across Italian artist/illustrator Milo Manara from a blog post, specifically one highlighting some of his renditions of Fellini's films:

In 1966, after a terrifying nightmare, the Italian maestro decided to abandon the making of a film called The Journey of G. Mastorna. Years later, the script was published in Italian newspapers with some illustrations by none other than Milo Manara, whose "Untitled" was a tribute to Fellini and which uncle Federico had liked. The subsequent collaboration on "Trip To Tulum" is a gorgeous blending of Fellini's dream vision and some of the finest illustrations ever put to paper by Manara (which means finest illustrations by anyone ever).

Manara's official site.