The Films of Federico Fellini

Saturday 3 March 2018, 9.15AM to 12.00pm

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One of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Federico Fellini (1920-93) represents the crème de la crème of Italian cinema. In films such as La Strada (1954), (1963) and Amarcord (1973) - all of which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film - he blended baroque imagery with earthy humour to startling effect. Fellini is famous for chronicling the dissolute lives of the rich and famous, but he was also interested in the lives of ordinary people struggling to survive in post-war Italy. In this four-week course, we will watch four of his most critically admired films and explore how his career developed over the years.

A season of four films at City Screen Picturehouse York

3 March - La Strada (1954)

Set against a backdrop of rural poverty, this film centres on an innocent, child-like woman (Giulietta Masina) who is sold to a brutish circus strongman (Anthony Quinn). Together, this unlikely partnership travel across the landscape of post-war Italy trying to entertain the masses. Fellini combines the neorealism of his early work with the visual poetry of his later films.

10 March - Nights of Cabiria (1957)

This is undoubtedly one of Fellini’s most heart-breaking films. A sweet, gullible prostitute (Giulietta Masina) searches Rome in the pursuit of true love. Despite being misused by everyone she encounters – from glamorous movie stars to no-good swindlers – she refuses to give up hope. This film was later turned into the popular Broadway musical Sweet Charity (1966).

17 March -  (1963) 

Widely regarded as Fellini’s masterpiece, this surreal comedy-drama is an intoxicating blend of daydreams, memories and nightmares. The plot centres on a creatively stifled filmmaker (Marcello Mastroianni) and the various women in his life, including Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée and Barbara Steele. In the 2012 Sight and Sound poll, critics voted it one of the ten greatest films ever made.

24 March - Amarcord (1973)

Arguably Fellini’s last great work, this film is a touching and comic mixture of autobiography, fantasy and satire. Set in 1930s Fascist Italy, an adolescent boy grows up among a gallery of eccentric characters in a small village. Although joyful and nostalgic, Fellini seizes the opportunity to poke fun at Mussolini and the Catholic Church.

Tickets cost £40 and include the film screening, introductory lecture and tea/coffee.

9:15 - Arrival, coffee/tea and distribution of film notes
9:35 - Introduction in the auditorium
9:45 - Start of film
11:30 - End of film approximately
12:00 - End of discussion.

  • Term: Spring
  • Day: Saturday
  • Start Date: 3 March 2018
  • Time: 9.15am-12pm
  • No. of weeks: 4 (3 March, 10 March, 17 March, 24 March)
  • Course fee: £40

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