Jan. 9, 2020
1412.) It’s never too late to salute any artist we love in the Funhouse. So, many months after the centennial of his birth, I present a multi-part tribute to the late, great Federico Fellini. In the first part of this series, I discuss and show scenes from his initial b&w work, stretching from his first, co-directed, film, Variety Lights (1950), through the second turning point in his filmography, La Dolce Vita (1960). In this decade’s-worth of films Fellini forged an identity as a filmmaker who used the lessons of Neo-realism (he wrote for and assisted Rossellini) while also creating a dreamy style that was to flourish in his biggest international hit during this period, La Strada (1954), and later became the full-blown mix of elements that was dubbed “Fellini-esque.” He also began transforming the elements of his youth into a personal mythology (with I Vitelloni) and providing career-making roles for various Italian actors, including his wife until his death, Giulietta Masina (La Strada, Nights of Cabiria).