Federico Fellini

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Often called the most influential director of the 20th century, Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini was a master of the surreal, using striking images, autobiographical detail and disjointed narratives to create poetic ... Read more »
Born: 01/20/1920 in Rimini, IT

Filmography

Writer (37)

Federico Fellini's Intervista 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Voice of the Moon 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ginger et Fred 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Ginger et Fred 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

E la nave Va 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

E la nave Va 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Citta Delle Donne 1979 (Movie)

(From Story)

La Citta Delle Donne 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Prova d'Orchestra 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Il Casanova di Federico Fellini 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Amarcord 1974 (Movie)

(From Story)

Amarcord 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Roma 1971 (Movie)

(From Story)

Roma 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fellini Satyricon 1970 (Movie)

(From Story)

Fellini Satyricon 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Pagliacci 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sweet Charity 1969 (Movie)

("Notti di Cabiria") (From Story)

Toby Dammit 1969 (Movie)

(("Il ne faut pas parier sa tete contre le diable"/"Toby Dammit")) (Screenplay)

Juliet of the Spirits 1965 (Movie)

(From Story)

Juliet of the Spirits 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

8 1/2 1963 (Movie)

(From Story)

8 1/2 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Boccaccio '70 1962 (Movie)

("Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio") (Screenplay)

Il Bidone 1961 (Movie)

(From Story)

Il Bidone 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Dolce Vita 1961 (Movie)

(From Story)

La Dolce Vita 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Strada 1956 (Movie)

(From Story)

La Strada 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nights of Cabiria 1956 (Movie)

(From Story)

Nights of Cabiria 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Vitelloni 1955 (Movie)

(From Story)

I Vitelloni 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love in the City 1953 (Movie)

("Un Agenzia Matrimoniale") (Screenplay)

Flowers of St. Francis 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Open City 1946 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (21)

Federico Fellini's Intervista 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Voice of the Moon 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Ginger et Fred 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

E la nave Va 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

La Citta Delle Donne 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Prova d'Orchestra 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Il Casanova di Federico Fellini 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Amarcord 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Roma 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Fellini Satyricon 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

I Pagliacci 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Toby Dammit 1969 (Movie)

("Toby Dammit") (Director)

Juliet of the Spirits 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

8 1/2 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Boccaccio '70 1962 (Movie)

("Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio") (Director)

Il Bidone 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

La Dolce Vita 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

La Strada 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Nights of Cabiria 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

I Vitelloni 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Love in the City 1953 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (15)

Fellini: I'm A Born Liar 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Words In Progress 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Fellini 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

Federico Fellini's Intervista 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Anthony Quinn 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Presenter

Il Tassinaro 1982 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Prova d'Orchestra 1977 (Movie)

of Interviewer (Voice)

C'eravamo tanto amati 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Roma 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Alex in Wonderland 1970 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ciao, Federico! 1969 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I Pagliacci 1969 (Movie)

Member of Fellini's Troupe (Actor)
Art Department (2)

Il Casanova di Federico Fellini 1976 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Fellini Satyricon 1970 (Movie)

scenery sketches (Scenery)
Producer (1)

I Pagliacci 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (1)

Open City 1946 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Other (5)

E la nave Va 1984 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

The World's Greatest Lover 1977 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Amarcord 1974 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

C'eravamo tanto amati 1973 (Movie)

film extract("La Dolce Vita" (1960)) (Other)

Juliet of the Spirits 1965 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

Often called the most influential director of the 20th century, Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini was a master of the surreal, using striking images, autobiographical detail and disjointed narratives to create poetic films that impressed audiences across the world. As an emerging figure of the Italian Neorealism movement, Fellini started as a screenwriter before making his feature debut with the bittersweet "Variety Lights" (1950). In a few short years, he directed his first masterpiece, "La Strada" (1954), a tragically poignant tale that earned him international acclaim and award recognition. Following a pair of lesser works, Fellini reached the height of his talents and popularity with "La Dolce Vita" (1960), a wild satirical look at decadent Italian life that raised the ire of those it parodied while earning the adulation of critics, filmmakers and art house filmgoers. Fellini hit a third master stroke with the highly personal "8 1/2" (1963), a seamless blend of artifice and autobiography that put on full display the extent of his profound artistry. But as time passed and his films became more surreal, Fellini was tagged as being self-indulgent and saw his stature diminish, particularly after the explicit "Fellini Satyricon" (1969), which polarized critics and audiences. He had one final brush with greatness in directing "Amarcord" (1974), his most accessible film, before struggling for the rest of his career to find financial backing for his movies. Despite slipping into mediocrity later in life, Fellini nonetheless remained a filmmaking giant whose influence crossed generations all over the world.

Relationships

Ida Fellini

Mother

Urbano Fellini

Father

Federichino Fellini

Son
born on March 22, 1945 mother, Giulietta Masina lived only two weeks

Riccardo Fellini

Brother
born on February 21, 1921 appeared in Fellini's films died on March 26, 1991

Maddalena Fellini

Sister
born pn October 17, 1929

Giulietta Masina

Wife
married on October 30, 1943 after a four-month courtship died on March 23, 1994 at age 73 appeared in seven of husband's films from "Luci del Varieta/Variety Lights" (1950) to "Ginger et Fred/Ginger and Fred" (1986)

EDUCATION

attended schools in Rimini, Italy

Milestones

1993

Suffered a stroke in August; later suffered from heart failure; en route to recovery in October, suffered another stroke when he gagged on a piece of cheese while dining in a restaurant

1990

Last completed film, "Voices of the Moon"

1987

Last appearance in a feature film, "Intervista", which he also directed

1969

Made an appearance as himself in the American feature, "Alex in Wonderland"

1969

First appeared in one of his own films, "The Clowns"

1968

Directed and narrated, "Fellini: A Director's Notebook" for NBC-TV

1961

Formed Federiz production company with Angelo Rizzoli; company went bankrupt in one year without making any films

1953

First feature film as solo director, "Lo Sceicco Bianco/The White Sheik"

1950

Formed Capitolium production company with Alberto Lattuada

1950

First feature film as co-director and co-screenwriter (with Alberto Lattuada), "Luci del Varieta/Variety Lights"

1948

Screen acting debut in "Il Miracolo/The Miracle"

1946

First film as co-scenarist "Paisan" (also assistant director)

1944

First film as assistant director, "Roma Citta aperta/Open City" (also co-wrote)

1943

Set up "Funny Face Shop" to make caricatures of GIs; shop also took photographs and let soldiers make voice recordings that they could send home to families

1940

First film as uncredited screenwriter, "Documento Z 3"

1940

Debut as radio gag writer for comedian Macario

1939

Travelled with a vaudeville troupe, writing gags and doing general support work; later recalled the year as "the most important of his life"

1939

First film as gag writer, "Lo Vedi come soi...lo vedi come sea?!"

1938

Enrolled in the University of Rome Law School; did not attend classes but used his student status to avoid conscription; sold stories and cartoons to weekly magazine, "Marc Aurelio" (also became story editor in 1939) (date approximate)

1937

Was a contributor to satirical magazine, "Il 420" in Florence; also worked for a time as a proofreader

Set up "Funny Face Shop" to make caricatures of GIs

Went to Rome where he worked as secretary for newspaper, "Il Popolo di Roma"

Attended religious boarding schools as a child

Bonus Trivia

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Four films directed by Fellini were awarded the Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award: "La Strada" (1956), "Nights of Cabiria" (1957), "Fellini's 8 1/2" (1963) and "Amarcord" (1974).

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For a number of years Fellini told interviewers that he ran away from home to join a circus when he was either seven or eight years old, but in his later years he admitted that the story was a fabrication "to help journalists" who wanted to explain or autobiographically justify Fellini's fascination with circuses and carnivals and their recurring presence in his films.

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The November 1, 1993 NEW YORK POST quotes director Spike Lee's response to seeing his first Fellini film when he was still a student in high school: "It really just for me emphasized . . . what you could do. There are no boundaries. There are no limits."

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Honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (1985).

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Given a honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Columbia University in 1970.

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