Italy's Treasures: Federico Fellini () | ITALY Magazine
Jun 13, A new digital restoration of Federico Fellini's La Strada, 60 years after it and simple, loving Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina) explores masculine. Mar 24, Giulietta Masina, the waiflike actress who became one of Italy's than five months after the death of her husband, the director Federico Fellini. Mar 11, Fellini and Masina on the set of La Strada, Giulietta Masina met her husband in the role of Pallina, in a radio serial he'd written about.
Goosebump memories A team from the Universities of Oxford Brookes, Bristol and Exeter has been collecting audience memories of cinemagoing in s Italy.
La Strada had an important role to play in their responses — unprompted, many of our respondents mentioned this film as their favourite, along with its striking female protagonist.
A year-old woman from Milan recounts the immense pity she felt for the female protagonist and how she becomes sad and still gets goosebumps on hearing the film music. Studiocanal, Author provided Of course, Fellini's collaboration with the composer Nino Rota was a signature feature of some of the director's best-known films and the story has recently made its way onto the UK stage as a sensitive piece of musical theatre directed by Sally Cookson. Gelsomina's trumpet refrain is expressive of a longing for love she cannot see returned.
Asked which film of the s made them cry, Italian respondents remember the tears shed in response to the closing scene of the film.Federico Fellini's Honorary Award: 1993 Oscars
Man's world It is perhaps no surprise that it was our female contributors who gave these longer responses and engaged most deeply with the plot.
Perhaps the film also reflected their own experiences of a society in which men still very much had the brutal upper hand.
Fellini himself said that an ill-defined feeling of guilt led him to make the film, and it is no secret that he did not make married life easy for Masina.
His perspective on femininity has caused controversy, as his more self-conscious reflections on how men fantasise about women led us to the vision of Anita Ekberg in the Trevi fountain in the spectacular La dolce vita and Guido's fantasy harem in the much more complex Eight and a Half These films do not feature Masina — but perhaps what makes La Strada so engaging is its own profound echoes of the Fellini-Masina partnership.
What it surely presents is a 20th-century, sadomasochistic vision of masculinity and femininity as anything but complementary, one that still haunts us today. This article was originally published on The Conversation. The films depicts the painful emotions endured by Gelsomina Masina when sold to a circus strongman Zampano Anthony Quinn who shows no compassion and treats her cruelly.
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In the end the remorse is significant but too late. He felt that as an artist he was entitled to explore the dreams and visions, the surreal and the spiritual and to dance with his imagination wherever it took him. He certainly had a curiosity, and sense of humour when it came to exploring the human emotions and observing the human behaviour, directing the camera to enlarge and exaggerate the quirkiness of human actions so that they become incredibly funny or indeed profoundly sad.
The film was judged immoral by some critics and was subsequently banned, yet it went on to break box office records.
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Fellini was affected by the work of psychoanalyst Jung, and was also drawn to explore the world of spirituality and boundlessness. He even tried LSD to induce hallucinations. However he decided that he was already in the world of fantasy and did not need it.
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Fantasy and dreams are the theme and human emotions bind them all together. The plot revolves around a director who has creative paralysis and it explores his dreams and visions, just as Fellini has done within his own life. His wife Giulietta died just a few months later. Fellini is admired by many contemporary filmmakers, directors and actors, and his audience.
He has left a legacy of fascinating films, to remind us to think and feel and above all imagine and dream.