Fellini Federico

Fellini Federico

Whence comes that feeling of kindred closeness specifically with Fellini, after these thirty years spent with my compatriots? Why, among so many others, did he in particular (a very Italian and Catholic esoteric) turn out to be not just close to us, but badly necessary? (We’ll leave his charm to the side for now, even though I don’t know anyone more charming in film.) I think it’s because of the fact that, having lived out his youth in Fascist Italy, then departed and grown out of neorealism, Federico Fellini was the first genius of the 20th century who, out of all that was fascism, turned out absolutely free.

We, the stunned audiences of neorealistic films, then “La Strada” and “La Dolce Vita,” lived under a fascist government. Rosselini and his contemporaries sang the praises of Il Duce in their early years, then "saw the light," so that afterwards they could repent, curse, admonish, and so on until the end of their days. But Fellini was free. Rosselini was his teacher. Having seen his student’s first film, he happily recognized him, but suddenly felt old, while Fellini was so “young”… 

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