In the one-hundredth anniversary year of Federico Fellini’s birth, the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York, Inc. (IHCC-NY, Inc.) will present a series of online discussions about Fellini and his films, facts, and fantasy. The series will highlight Fellini—the man and his legacy—
including clips from some of his most famous films: La Strada, Le Notti di Cabiria, I Vitelloni, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, and Amarcord.
Federico Fellini, Italian screenwriter and director of numerous iconic films, was nominated for many Academy Awards, winning four for Best Foreign Language Film and the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He also won prestigious awards at the Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, and he received The Film Society of Lincoln Center Award for Cinematic Achievement. Fellini was awarded the honor of Cavaliere di Gran Croce in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
From September 30 through November 4, the weekly Fellini Series will include a number of experts: Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University; Gianfranco Angelucci, screenwriter, author, and Fellini collaborator; Mauro Aprile Zanetti, historian and author; Giancarlo Lombardi, CUNY Professor of Italian and Visual Studies; Eugenia Paulicelli, CUNY Professor of Italian and Fashion Studies; Paolo Ceratto, author and son of Caterina Boratto, actress in three Fellini films; and others.
Fellini’s screenplays drew on his childhood memories, experiences, dreams, and fantasy, which in later years portrayed extravagant, baroque images. Giulietta Masina, his wife, starred in several of his celebrated films. His films also became noted for their set designs, costumes, and for Nino Rota’s signature music. His filmography is so unique, it gave birth to the term Felliniesque and the word paparazzo.
The IHCC-NY, Inc., film series is a collaborative program with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College, CUNY, and the Società Dante Alighieri NYC.
For more information about the series, contact: Nancy Indelicato, chair of public relations, Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of NY, Inc. at email@example.com.
Wednesday, September 30, 5pm
“Federico Fellini: maestro di cinema e di verità” (subtitles in English)
Gianfranco Angelucci is a writer, director, Academy teacher, who collaborated with Fellini on the film Interview (1987); it won a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and First Prize at the Moscow Film Festival. He had an uninterrupted collaboration and friendship with Fellini, which began with a thesis on Satyricon and continued until the director’s death. On Federico Fellini’s work he has directed films, theatrical performances, television programs, and published numerous volumes. Among these are: Federico F. (2000) (also translated into English), Secrets and Lies by Federico Fellini (2013), Giulietta Masina, Actress and Wife of Federico Fellini (2014), and for the centenary, Glossary Fellini: 50 Voices to Discuss Federico Fellini, the Italian Genius of Cinema (2020).
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