On the big screen everything looks majestic, grand, out of this world. add some popcorn and you have your escapism shot.

 

I find it hard to sit through a full Fellini movie these days. I have lost my innocence to high pace American editing and chewed up formulae'  dialogues. I can go through a scene or two before I have to cut out to commercials, but this is enough to remind me why Fellini is always Fellini and why we owe him so much.

 

 

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Federico fellini – Cinema Circus master

 

Fellini is an ancestor. That is one step higher than a founding father. He is not one of the pioneers of cinema, he IS cinema. In the modern DNA of cinema as we know it today there are small Fellini molecules, extremely unsteady, always changing, always intriguing, always interesting.

I find it hard to sit through a full Fellini movie these days. I have lost my innocence to high pace American editing and chewed up formulae'  dialogues. I can go through a scene or two before I have to cut out to commercials, but this is enough to remind me why Fellini is always Fellini and why we owe him so much.
   
  Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. Besides, you can't teach old fleas new dogs."
   
 
   
 

You have to live spherically - in many directions. Never lose your childish enthusiasm - and things will come your way.”

   
 

The first obvious Fellini trait is the circuslike joy in which he confronts the heavy task of portraying the normal life of abnormal people. Or was it the abnormal  life of normal people? I don’t know, one thing is for sure, the normal part was not winning. Not by  a long shot.

Fellini was always pushing the limits of the story as an experiment in reality perception in the average viewer. It was just enough surreal to be surreal but not too crazy to be unbelievable. Well, most of it. And that was a nifty little trick, because by raising our resistance to the improbable or the unlikely , and in the end admitting nothing is actually impossible, we are now more open-minded then when we walked into the cinema.

   
 

No matter what happens, always Keep your childhood innocence. It's the most important thing.”

   
 
   
 

If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet...maybe we could understand something.”

   
 

Ships and elephants and princes and fountains and midgets. So many midgets. It was indeed a big circus. Even the films without the midgets. It was a realistic circus as it was just a simplified version of the circus which is reality. Yes, even your reality. Fellini always give you the feeling the whole world is a stage, for better or for worse, whether you like it or not.  So might as well take in stride like Mastroianni.

I think Fellini's biggest contribution to cinema as we know it is the artistic freedom, the freedom to create something new, using all the tools and means the moving pictures have and then some new ones. The freedom to create a new art form that stands taller than just telling a story, then just displaying a stage play on a flat screen.

   
 

There is no end. There is no beginning.
There is only the infinite passion of life. ”

   
 
   
  art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography."
   
 

For example, I love the fact that in a lot of his films, there is a voice over, there is someone telling a story, filling in the details and anecdotes while we see the details unveiling in front of our eyes on the screen. I know that a voice over is something that is seen as juvenile and a "cheap trick" but he did it first so give me a break. And unlike most hollywoodian actors, his were classically trained and the spoken word was nothing less than pure art on itself, each sentence, no matter how banal or seemingly insignificant became poetry in the voices of these legends of Italian cinema.

   
 

I don't believe in total freedom for the artist. Left on his own, free to do anything he likes, the artist ends up doing nothing at all. If there's one thing that's dangerous for an artist, it's precisely this question of total freedom, waiting for inspiration and all the rest of it.”

   
 
   
    Realism is a bad word. In a sense everything is realistic. I see no line between the imaginary and the real."
   
 

The only American film that managed to come cose to this effect is Goofellas. And that is a big compliment for fellini. Woody Allen took this technique to a completely different angle but we all know that he was a huge Fellini fan. Just look at the beginning of Stardust.

He gave us stories and legends, he gave us unforgettable classic scenes, he gave us the foundation of what is now the most popular art form on the planet. And I thank him for that. We should learn more from the ancestors.

If only for this one sage advice :

 

Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”