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Friday, November 3rd, 2006
9:06 pm
Il Casanova di Fellini
Hello, I'm new to the community.

Anyone know where I can find the DVD for Casanova? I'm in the US, and I know there's the UK version, with 2 DVDs and Donald Sutherland's 46 mins interview. I am desperate to get the DVD, in region 1 or one that plays all regions.

I've been sending emails to every place I can think of, so I figured that if enough people do that, maybe one of the distributers will be interested in releasing it to the US.

So far I tried emailing The Criterion Collection: mulvaney@criterionco.com
NoShame Films: info@noshamefilms.com
NewYorker Films: info@newyorkerfilms.com

So if anyone has a suggestion of other places I can email to request this movie, and if any of you would please email them, too, I think it's the least we can do to get this movie released in DVD. I don't care what anyone says, I love the movie, and it's Fellini after all. I think all his movies should be available.
Monday, July 31st, 2006
7:08 am
Someone capped Fellini.
Someone just did captures for one of my favorite Italian films of all time, the 1957 Nights of Cabiria or Le notti di Cabiria by Federico Fellini. Take a look at the marvelous images. See this film!
Sunday, December 25th, 2005
3:06 pm
I had a little mini-Fellini festival yesterday. I watched "I Clowns", "Ginger e Fred", "E la Nave va", and "Casanova" (for the first time!), four of my all-time favorite Fellini films. And I was so moved that I just have to post about it.

First off, why did so many people hate or ignore "Casanova"? It ranks right up there with "Un Chien Andalou" in terms of how well it uses the logic of dreams. Donald Sutherland is perfect for the part, too, and Tina Aumont is in it! She was in one of my very favorite movies, "L'Urlo" (and so, for that matter, was Gigi Proietti, who dubbed Sutherland for the Italian version). Why can't people appreciate this one? Is the general public so strung up on coherent, rigid storylines that they simply can't accept anything different, even if it is from Fellini? This one needs to be released on DVD in the states, with both audio tracks as an option (I've only seen the Italian version, and I'd love to hear what Sutherland actually sounded like in the film).

Same goes for "Ginger e Fred". I don't understand the problem. This is one of the funniest, most bold, most colorful, most beautiful films of Fellini's career, and it just got pushed aside like that???? It makes me ashamed of my culture.

"I Clowns", I suppose, never had the exposure to begin with to be considered a classic, but it definitely deserves that designation. All you need is a little imagination and an open mind, and this film can work wonders. All he needed was a big parade leaving behind a lone figure with a sad smile to demonstrate everything that I've wanted to say for my entire life about desperation and loneliness. My jaw has been dropped to the floor about that scene ever since my first viewing in Sept. 2004.

Any other thoughts on these obscure classics?
Thursday, December 22nd, 2005
8:47 pm
Anyone know where I can find some good screencaps from E La Nave Va (And the Ship Sails On)?

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Thursday, December 8th, 2005
1:48 pm
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
5:30 pm
Because He Doesn't Know How to Love ... Dialogue from 8 1/2
I'm new to this community. Actually, I'm new to Federico Fellini films. But now I'm completely addicted. La Dolce Vita reeled me in. I'm amazed at how much Fellini films are like good literature. Are there films made anymore with this depth of thought? Like life, Fellini leaves you with more questions than answers, but certainly you can't help but have the films emblazoned on your brain after viewing them. Because I enjoyed the dialogue so much and it relates a lot to a relationship I was just in, I wrote down some of the dialogue from the scenes in 8 1/2 that really got to me.

GUIDO: Could you leave everything behind and start from zero again? Pick one thing, and one only, and be absolutely devoted to it? Make it the reason for your existence, the thing that contains everything, that becomes everything, because your dedication to it makes it last forever? Could you? ...
CLAUDIA: ...And what about you? Could you?
GUIDO: ... No, this guy here, he couldn't. He wants to grab everything, can't give up a single thing. He changes his mind every day, because he's afraid he might miss the right path. And he's slowly bleeding to death.... Then one day he meets the girl of the spring. She's one of those girls that distributes the healing water, she's beautiful, young and ancient, a child and a woman already, authentic and radiant. There's no doubt she's his salvation. You'll be dressed in white and your hair will be long, just the way you wear it.
CLAUDIA: ...A guy like your character, who doesn't love anybody, is not very sympathetic you know. It's his fault. What does he expect?
GUIDO: ... You think I don't know that? ...
CLAUDIA: ...I don't understand. He meets a girl that can give him a new life and he pushes her away?
GUIDO: Because he no longer believes in it.
CLAUDIA: Because he doesn't know how to love.
GUIDO: Because it isn't true that a woman can change a man.
CLAUDIA: Because he doesn't know how to love.
GUIDO: And above all because I don't feel like telling another pile of lies.
CLAUDIA: Because he doesn't know how to love.

PRODUCER: Our true mission is ... sweeping away the thousands of miscarriages that everyday ... obscenely ..., try to come to the light. And you would actually dare leave behind you a whole film, like a cripple who leaves behind his crooked footprint.
GUIDO: Such a monstrous presumption to think that others could benefit from the squalid catalogue of your mistakes!
PRODUCER: And how do you benefit from stringing together the tattered pieces of your life? Your vague memories, the faces of people that you were never able to love ...
GUIDO: ... Everything is confused again as it was before. But the confusion is .. me. Not as I'd like to be, but as I am. I'm not afraid anymore of telling the truth, of the things I don't know, what I'm looking for and haven't found. This is the only way I can feel alive and look into your eyes without shame. Life is a celebration. Let's live it together! ... Accept me for what I am, if you want me. It's the only way we might be able to find each other.

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, September 2nd, 2005
11:19 am
I was just wondering...
How did you find out about Fellini? Which was the first film you saw by Fellini? What about Fellini's films do you love the most? I know it seems pretty generic and all, but I'm interested to read your responses =)
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
3:05 pm
i love fellini
his films are works of art
la strada is my favourite because i think Jmassini was so superb!
i dont know what i can bring to this commuinity but id love to join!
my name is pearl from london but im 1/2 italian
Tuesday, July 26th, 2005
1:22 pm
My love for Fellini began at college, a place that many are introduced to art films, only I wasn't a student. I was 16 in May, 2004 when I was staying with my older sister at OSU for the weekend, and we decided to rent some movies. A few months earlier, I had been introduced to Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories" and had been totally enchanted. Thus you can understand my eagerness to see "8 1/2", the film that had inspired it. I checked it out of the local Blockbuster, and listened to the excited clerk ramble about how much Fellini had changed his life. I didn't quite believe him, but excitedly watched the tape that night, only to realize just how right he was. Never before or since has a movie so represented my own soul so perfectly.
Back in Cincinnati a few months later, I rented "Roma" and "La Dolce Vita." I didn't think much of the latter, but the former was another incredible movie that actually re-taught me how to watch films! Best of all was the cameo from Gore Vidal, my favorite author. "Roma" and "8 1/2" were unlike anything I'd ever seen, but for some reason "La Dolce Vita" simply didn't hold any interest for me. Sure, there were touches here and there of Fellini's brilliance, but what was the big deal overall? I still haven't learned to appreciate it. Maybe it requires more than two viewings.
Then came "Satyricon" and "Juliet of the Spirits". I'd heard that "Caligula", one of my all-time favorite films, borrowed from "Satyricon" heavily, and I'd heard right! Not only was everything I loved about "Caligula" present in "Satyricon", but there was also that creepy, unpleasant, wonderful mood hanging over the whole thing. It stuck with me for days, even weeks, during which I watched the film every day. "Juliet of the Spirits", however, failed to impress me, and I couldn't get past the first 45 minutes because the tape I'd rented from the library was a piece of crap. I didn't bother to try and find another copy.
That fall, I discovered "I Clowns". It should be clear that I absolutely loathe clowns, they depress and sicken me. As a child, I was afraid of them. So you can understand why I went into this one very skeptically. However, I found that it was the second-best Fellini film (next to "8 1/2") that I'd yet found! Why were clowns not this charming elsewhere??? Even though the final segment, the funeral, upset me deeply for some reason, I didn't count that against the film. I love it when films make me feel deep emotions, pleasant or otherwise.
In early 2005, "I Vitelloni" and "La Strada" played on TV. The former annoyed me because it almost felt like the inspiration that led to "St. Elmo's Fire" (for some reason, I changed my mind a little when I saw it on laserdisc). "La Strada", however, got under my skin and refused to let go. "The Fool is hurt" still brings tears to my eyes.
I got a copy of "Toby Dammit" (which ties with "I Clowns" for second place in my book) for my birthday that year, and was blown away again. I even used Toby's "acceptance" speech for my acting class monologue! Shortly afterward, I saw "Amarcord", "E la nave va", and "Ginger e Fred", all of which I was only minorly impressed by, but each (especially the underrated "Ginger") still had the Fellini sense of wonder and charm.

Whew. Sorry for being long winded.
Friday, May 20th, 2005
2:12 am
Something risky!!
Hey everybody,

I noticed that there hasn't been a post in a little while, so I decided to start a rather "Controversial" discussion. (gasp)

Do you think that Fellini's films are sexist against women, or do you think they are more of a commentary on sexism and male ego?
Or, as some people think, a combination of both?

Personally, I do think Fellini is rather voyeuristic, but I don't think he's outright sexist. I fell that he tends to point out the faults of men more often than women.
Saturday, April 23rd, 2005
3:08 pm
two Anita Ekbergs are always better than one.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005
2:59 pm
Hey guys!

Check out http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6375031566 for Fellini's 8 1/2. Criterion Collection. I've bid on it but don't want it! Help! It's a BARGAIN!
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
1:23 am
Monday, December 13th, 2004
3:55 pm
An Introduction
I guess I'll just introduce myself, as it seems others are...
My pseudonym is Claude, I'm a philosophy student at a redneck college in Alberta, western Canada.
One day I was strolling in the World Films section of my movie rental place, and I saw Fellini's Roma. I was intrigued, I have heard the director's name before. So I rented it, and I was so trippy that I instantly fell in love. Then I heard about Satyricon, so, knowing little about the plot, I bought it, hoping that it would be good. Oh my gosh that is one of my favourite films of all time. It's obvious Fellini didn't skimp on the pretty people in that one.... But since then I fell in love with the book, however I have yet to see another Fellini flick (living in a medium town in Alberta makes it difficult to get any culture...). But that is all I guess you'd like to hear...
So I'll say my adieu.

PS If anybody cares, I've also made a community for Satyricon, p_satyricon

Current Mood: artistic
Tuesday, July 27th, 2004
4:55 pm
hello, time for the proverbial introductory post. my name is meghan, i am 19, and i am currently studying art and philosophy at indiana university. i'm not sure if i qualify as an informed "enthusiast" of fellini's vision- so far i have only seen 8 1/2 and la dolce vita- but i am certainly in awe of the work i have seen...not to mention i am enamoured with beautiful, beautiful marcello mastroianni. ^_^
Thursday, July 15th, 2004
10:36 pm
I'm posting mainly just because I'm excited that I'm going to see La Dolce Vita in a theater in August. Delete it if you must.
Friday, June 18th, 2004
10:09 am
Fellini Casanova

I'm thinking the conversation about Casanova deserves a post of its own.

 Various actors were considered for the title role- including Robert Redford, Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. FF himself favoured Gian Maria Volonte. When Volonte proved unavailable F settled on Donald Sutherland- whom he described in an interview as "a big, sperm-full waxwork with the eyes of a masturbator."

In the same interview, challenged about his hatred of Casanova, FF replied, "How could I have liked him after I had undertaken the task of reading the Memoirs? They are deadly dull, written with such fastidiousness that one never understands what he is talking about. They are just an ocean of paper, more tedious and depressing than a phone book...it's as if the Leaning Tower of Pisa had been rebuilt by convicts using toothpicks."

 Maybe it's not altogether surprising that the film didn't work. Fellini himself accounted for the failure this way; "I wanted to destroy the myth of Casanova, I who had always maintained that myths were something vital, to be cultivated rather than destroyed. Now the myth was taking its revenge and destroying me."

All the quotes are from Fellini on Fellini, edited by Constanzo Constantini.

Thursday, June 17th, 2004
6:34 pm
A Gripe
Testing to see if this community still has any life in it...

A gripe: why are the later films so hard to come by? Has anyone out there ever seen La Voce della Luna? I'm willing to accept that Fellini peaked relatively early on, but I'd like the opportunity to prove it to myself. The one late Fellini I've seen is Intervista- and it's patchy (so is Roma) but there are some unforgettable things in it- and it's still tons better than most of the films by most of people who aren't Fellini.
Monday, April 12th, 2004
3:48 pm
It's official.

La Dolce Vita - 2 Disc Special Edition DVD release August 10, 2004.

Read 'em and weep.
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