Federico Fellini was born on January 20, 1920.
The Regional Agency for Cultural Heritage of Friuli Venezia Giulia in collaboration with Cinemazero of Pordenone, the Cineteca of Bologna, the Cineteca del Friuli, Casa del Cinema of Trieste, the Maraldi Collection of Cesena and the Minisini Collection of Cividale del Friuli, celebrates its one hundred years with the exhibition “FELLINI. La dolce vita and 8 ½. Still photos” from 8 December to 1 March 2020.
His name was Federico Fellini and he left his Rimini to go and change the cinema: in Rome he brought with him a suitcase of immortal characters, who told Italy to the audiences of the world, with a poetic and visionary lucidity. He celebrated the madness of simple souls, but also the crisis of bourgeois society and intellectuals in the boom years.
Federico Fellini was born in Rimini on January 20, 1920 from a petty-bourgeois family. After attending classical high school, in 1939 he moved to Rome, officially with the intention of studying jurisprudence. Instead, he frequented the world of avanspectacle and radio and began writing scripts and gags. In 1943 he met the young actress Giulietta Masina whom he married at the end of that year and was his lifelong companion. In 1952 he directed alone the white sheikh. The following year La strada won the Oscar for best foreign film. It is the international consecration of Fellini. In 1957 he obtained the second Oscar with The Nights of Cabiria. With La dolce vita (1959), Palme d’Or in Cannes, he disrupts traditional narrative structures and arouses scandal: Fellini is reproached for representing an amoral and decadent society. In 1963 8½ came out, perhaps the highest moment of Fellini’s art. Oscar winner for best foreign film and costumes. The dreamlike structure that characterizes the film will be found in later works such as Fellini-Satyricon (1969), Il Casanova (1976), Orchestra rehearsal (1979), The city of women (1980). Amarcord, from 1973, an affectionate and ironic memory of the adolescent Rimini earned him the fourth Oscar. In the spring of 1993 Fellini received the Oscar for his career. He died in Rome of a heart attack on October 31 of the same year.
To honor the artist, the poet, the director, the painter, the multifaceted man, the most loved and well-known Italian contemporary in the world of celluloid and culture, who would have turned 100 on 20 January 2020, the Magazzino delle Idee in Trieste highlights through 120 stage photographs how far two of his most famous films La dolce vita and 8 ½ – have contributed to affirming models of elegance, taste and style so new and fascinating as to influence a much more public broader than that of the films themselves and still current today. Even before telling, they are a succession of extraordinary images that highlight the director’s inexhaustible creativity. The stage photographers called to testify to the making of his films also tell what otherwise the spectators could not see, and offer the opportunity to understand the context in which the works were born: we see the furry ladies who, in the middle of winter, assist at Anita Ekberg’s famous bath in the Trevi Fountain, the actors in the make-up, the director at work while he arms up, bewitches, gives directives to the actors.
Three stage photographers whose shots are exposed:
Pierluigi Praturlon, exceptional witness of the Roman sweet life – author of the famous photograph of Anita Ekberg, childish and skilful, in the Trevi Fountain, symbol of Fellini’s film and manifesto of an entire era. He began his career after the Second World War working for the agencies of Vespasiani and Meldolesi. A 1947 scoop starring Greta Garbo, who came to Rome in secret for an audition, opened the doors to success. In a few years he established himself as one of Rome’s greatest interpreters of La Dolce Vita and was often called by the same productions to take photo shoots inside the Cinecittà studios.
Gideon Bachmann, cosmopolitan and multifaceted, film critic, and photographer friend of Pasolini and Fellini. Born in Germany, but soon emigrated with his family, he grew up in New York, where he was a pupil of Hans Richter. He moved to Rome in the years of greatest vitality of Italian cinema, made friends with Fellini and Pasolini, Bertolucci, Ferreri and Scola, documented with the camera the sets of some of their most important works. Critic for numerous newspapers and magazines and professor of Film Technique at the University of Rhode Island, in the United States, he returned to his native Germany in recent years, held the position of director of Vox Humana, a collection of recordings of stories and memories of film directors .
Paul Ronald, French by birth but one of the most important photographers of the Italian cinema scene, called by Fellini himself on the set of 8 ½, left through his color shots an exceptional testimony of scenes and characters. Born in Nice, during the war, he attended the cinema scene and met Aldo Rossano Graziati, director of Italian photography who started him as a stage photographer, calling him as assistant for Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast (1946). The following year Aldo involved him as a photographer and consultant for the film in the filming La terra trema (1948) by Luchino Visconti, followed by Il cielo sul palude by Augusto Genina. Ronald then settled permanently in Italy where – among the most appreciated stage photographers – he collaborated with the major directors during a long career in a hundred films.
The photographs are therefore the testimony of an artistic experience and of the team of men and women, artisans, technicians and artists who allowed Fellini to complete it. The exhibition is also completed by some images by photographer Tazio Secchiaroli, the “paparazzo” par excellence, which testify to some moments of the Roman sweet life left in the history of Italian costume; in addition to stories, press clippings, posters that shed light on the sources of inspiration and tell the behind the scenes: the discussions between the director and the producer, the second thoughts, and the journalistic controversies up to the difficulties with the censorship that accompanied the birth of two stones cinematographic milestones.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00-19.00
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December 26, 2019 10.00-19.00
December 31, 2019: 10.00am-2.00pm
January 1, 2020: 10.00am-7.00pm
January 6, 2020: 10.00am-7.00pm
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