From 14.02. To 18.03.2008.
Fellini or the amazing power of opposites
A freshly married couple from the provinces arrives in Rome for their honeymoon. The husband does not care about romance and instead awaits a meeting with his uncle from the Vatican who has arranged for them to visit the Pope. Because they arrived too early, the husband decides to take a nap. Meanwhile his wife sneaks outside to meet the White Sheik, hero of a graphic novel that she likes to read.
A group of friends lead a hedonistic existence in a small coastal town. Without a goal in their lives they spend their days having fun, drinking and flirting with women. When one the men’s girlfriends gets pregnant his own father makes him marry her. After the wedding and the birth of the baby, this man continues to live as carelessly as before and thus risks destroying his family. The only one from the group who wants to do more with his life is Moraldo, who is sort of Fellini’s alter ego.
Augusto is an old small time crook who earns his living stealing from other people. He has two partners helping him: Roberto, who wants to become the Italian Johnny Ray, and Bruno, whose nickname is Picasso. Picasso has a daughter and a wife and actually wants to paint. Augusto avoids emotional intimacy and spends his money in clubs. A sudden encounter with his daughter who needs help will change his life…
Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, film director who is suffering from a creative and personal crisis. He has lost all inspiration to make a new film but it is too late to quit and the pressure from his colleagues is getting bigger and bigger. In his personal life he is torn between a wife whom he loves and a lover who threatens to destroy his marriage.
We follow seven days in the life of Marcello, a columnist for a gossip newspaper who wants to become a serious writer but hasn’t got the strength to do it. Instead he lives a decadent life in Rome and has superficial relationships with the members of the elite. Meanwhile, he neglects his lover Emma and eventually she tries to commit suicide.
This is Fellini’s first film in color and it tells the story of a middle-aged housewife played by his wife the actress Giulietta Masina.
At first sight Giulietta has everything: a husband, house by the sea and financial security, she is unhappy. Her mother and sisters overshadow her and her husband neglects her and cheats on her. A little bit naďve and devastated, she decides to visit a clairvoyant who tells her that she will find happiness in prostitution.
In this film, which simultaneously parodies documentary film techniques and film critics, Fellini incorporated his own fascination with clowns and circuses. In the first part Fellini gives a nostalgic autobiographical view of his youthful fascination with the circus and in the second part he steps into the film himself in order to interview some famous clowns.
The film Amarcord, which depicts life in Rimini in the 1930s, was always considered to be Fellini’s autobiography as Fellini was born and raised in that town. Even though Fellini claimed differently, he nevertheless confesses that there are certain similarities between this film and his childhood.
Through everyday life and festivities, we learn about how it is live and grow up in a small coastal town during Mussolini’s rule.
This is Fellini’s film version of that most famous lover Giacomo Casanova’s autobiography. Donald Sutherland plays Casanova and we follow his life in exile after he escaped from the prison where he had been put by the Inquisition. He roams around Europe from Paris, London, Rome, Bern and Dresden, lives a hedonistic and superficial life changing one love adventure for the next one that comes along.
Professor and erotomaniac Snŕporaz travels on a train and falls asleep. He dreams that he is in a hotel where a congress of feminists is taking place. When he wakes up, a woman from his dream enters the compartment.