Introduction: Federico Fellini (03:47)
Fellini invented modern Italy's sense of fashion, life, and culture. Audience members wanted to see the world differently after seeing a film. (Credits)
Fellini: Career Beginnings (03:43)
Experts describe Fellini's Catholic upbringing, his rebellious nature, love of art, studying law in Rome, and "Marc’Aurelio." His influences include the carnival, Vaudeville, and his life. Fellini collaborates with Roberto Rossellini in "Rome Open City" and "Paisan."
Fellini: Directorial Debut (06:37)
Fellini collaborated with Alberto Lattuada in "Variety Lights." In "The White Sheik," a woman abandons her husband to search for an actor. "I Vitelloni" becomes the template for films where men wait for life to begin.
"La Strada" (03:35)
Giulietta Masina starred as the young woman bought by a brutish strongman. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
Loneliness Trilogy (04:06)
Masina and Richard Basehart starred in "Il Bidone." In "Nights of Cabiria," a prostitute searching for true love is constantly betrayed.
"La Dolce Vita" (03:53)
Rome was known as "Hollywood on the Tiber" because of its tax breaks. Marcello Mastroianni portrays a gossip reporter who regrets his career choices. The most famous scene of the film involves Anita Ekberg standing in a fountain.
"8 1/2" (04:46)
Fellini collaborated on "Boccaccio 70" with other leading Italian directors. Fellini suffers a creative mental block while filming "8 1/2" and decided to make the film about his mental state. Masina stars in "Juliet of the Spirits."
Fellini adapts literary titles in "Spirits of the Dead" anthology and "Satyricon." The hippie movement inspires the director to film an ancient Roman text and compare it to contemporary society. The narrative arch explores how Rome changes over time in "Roma."
The film is set during 1930s fascist Italy and portrayed his thoughts about politics and the growth of Rome. Fellini shot in English for the first time in "Casanova," starring Donald Sutherland. The director reunited with Mastroianni to film "City of Women."
Fellini: Final Films (05:32)
Subsequent films include "And the Ship Sails On," "Intervista," and "The Voice of the Moon." Masini and Mastoianni star in "Ginger and Fred." Experts discuss Fellini's legacy.
Credits: Federico Fellini (00:40)
Credits: Federico Fellini
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