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Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini (January 20, 1920 - October 31, 1993) was a famous Italian film-maker and director. Fellini's films typically render the combine memory, dream, and fantasy. Among his best received films are those in which the an adolescent discovers sexuality.

He was born in Rimini.

The first movie Fellini directed was Lo Sceicco Bianco (1951), with Alberto Sordi, written by Michelangelo Antonioni and Ennio Flaiano. In making this movie Fellini met Nino Rota, the musician that would follow him for the successful rest of his carrer.

Apart from making films he also wrote scripts for radio shows, for movies (mainly for Rossellini) and wrote comic gags for well known actors like Aldo Fabrizi. Fellini also produced several drawings (mostly pencil on paper), often humoristic portraits. It is with these works that young Fellini encountered cinema: his first success was in drawing advertising pictures for movies.

During Fascism an Avanguardista, his first writings were for Alleanza Cinematografica Italiana (ACI), a production company of Vittorio Mussolini, son of Benito, who introduced him to Roberto Rossellini.

In 1944, when Fascism was over, he opened a shop in Rome in which he sold these drawings. The shop was named (in English) The Funny Face Shop, and contained works from Fellini and De Seta, Verdini, Camerini, Scarpelli, Majorana, Guasta, Giobbe, Attalo, Migneco (all writers, directors or otherwise intellectuals working for Italian cinema). In the same year started his contribution to Rossellini's Roma Città Aperta, with Aldo Fabrizi. Fellini took also part in writing another of Rossellini's movies: Paisà. He wrote also for other directors as Alberto Lattuada, Pietro Germi and Luigi Comencini.

Fellini's wife, actress Giulietta Masina (married in 1943) was often in his movies. Other actors Fellini frequently worked with include Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi, and Anita Ekberg.

In 1945 Fellini had a son who survived for only 2 weeks; it was the only son of Fellini and Giulietta Masina.

In 1948 Fellini acted in Rossellini's Il Miracolo.

In 1993 he received an Academy Award (Oscar) for his lifetime achievement.

He died in Rome.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Federico Fellini Facts

BirthdayJanuary 20, 1920
BirthplaceRimini, Italy
Date of deathOctober 31, 1993 (age 73)
Awards1993 Academy Awards: Honorary Award

Selected Filmography

La dolce vita
8 1/2
The Clowns
Boccaccio '70
Nights of Cabiria
La Strada
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