Begins November 1, 2020

Fellini 100

In response to the new provincial health orders, The Cinematheque has closed the theatre and cancelled in-person screenings from November 23 through December 7. We have also momentarily suspended ticket sales for all future screenings.

The Cinematheque celebrates the centennial of one of cinema’s boldest and most beloved maestros with an extensive retrospective, featuring many new restorations. Federico Fellini (1920–1993) was born in provincial Rimini on Italy’s Adriatic coast, and grew up under Italian fascism. He worked as a screenwriter and assistant director for Roberto Rossellini during the emergence of Italy’s influential neorealism movement in the 1940s. Fellini began directing his own own features, rooted in neorealist aesthetics, in the early 1950s. By the mid 1960s, Fellini had attained worldwide fame — becoming a household name even among casual moviegoers and non-cinephiles, and spawning an adjective, Felliniesque — for an extraordinary series of free-wheeling, flamboyant, dazzlingly creative films rooted in memory, dream, desire, and fantasy. In the English-speaking world, few filmmakers were more synonymous with the international “art" cinema.

The increasing extravagance of Fellini’s work would lead to charges of self-indulgence. In the latter decades of the twentieth century, in some prominent critical circles, the phantasmagorias and fantasias upon which Fellini's enormous reputation rested began to be esteemed less than the earlier, simpler 1950s films that preceded them. In this revisionist view, Fellini's decline as filmmaker stood in inverse proportion to his growing sense of himself as a serious artist. For many, it was 1960’s La Dolce Vita, a major international sensation, and a major scandal in the Catholic world, that marked the divide in the great director’s work. Beginning with 1963’s  — for most, Fellini's masterpiece, and a film made in response to the attention and acclaim heaped upon La Dolce Vita — Fellini’s cinema became ever more phantasmagoric, ever more carnivalesque, ever more personal.

Fellini won the Academy Award for Best International Feature (as it is now known) a record four times (for La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, , and Amarcord) and the Palme d’Or at Cannes once (for La Dolce Vita). He was the recipient of an honorary Oscar in 1993, just months before his death, for lifetime achievement. That achievement is considerable: However much his critical estimation may have waxed and waned over the years, it is also true that no Fellini film, however excessive or too-often frivolous, is incapable of giving enormous pleasure or inducing wonder and amazement. The sheer audacity of the imagination at play is simply undeniable — as the works in this retrospective demonstrate time and again.

This retrospective continues in January

Il Centro

Upcoming Screenings

  • Tony Dammit web1
  • Toby Dammit + Fellini: A Director’s Notebook
  • Federico Fellini
  • 98
  • NR
  • Fellini 100
  • Satyricon web1
  • Fellini Satyricon
  • Satyricon
  • Italy/France1969
  • Federico Fellini
  • 129 BluRay
  • 18A
  • Fellini 100
  • The White Sheik web1
  • The White Sheik
  • Lo sceicco bianco
  • Italy1952
  • Federico Fellini
  • 86 DCP
  • NR
  • Fellini 100
  • Roma Fellini web1
  • Roma
  • Fellini Roma
  • Italy/France1972
  • Federico Fellini
  • 128 DCP
  • NR
  • Fellini 100
  • Amacord web4
  • Amarcord
  • Italy/France1973
  • Federico Fellini
  • 123 DCP
  • PG
  • Fellini 100
  • Ship web1
  • And the Ship Sails On
  • E la nave va
  • Italy/France1983
  • Federico Fellini
  • 128 DCP
  • G
  • Fellini 100
  • Intervista web1
  • Intervista
  • Italy1987
  • Federico Fellini
  • 105 DCP
  • NR
  • Fellini 100

List of Programmed Films

Date Film Title Director(s) Year Country
2020-Nov La Dolce Vita Federico Fellini 1960 Italy . . .
2020-Nov I Vitelloni Federico Fellini 1953 Italy . . .
2020-Nov La Strada Federico Fellini 1954 Italy
2020-Nov Il Bidone Federico Fellini 1955 Italy . . .
2020-Nov Federico Fellini 1963 Italy
2020-Nov Juliet of the Spirits Federico Fellini 1965 Italy . . .
2020-Dec Toby Dammit + Fellini: A Director’s Notebook Federico Fellini
2020-Dec Fellini Satyricon Federico Fellini 1969 Italy . . .
2020-Dec The White Sheik Federico Fellini 1952 Italy
2020-Dec Roma Federico Fellini 1972 Italy . . .
2020-Dec Amarcord Federico Fellini 1973 Italy . . .
2021-Jan And the Ship Sails On Federico Fellini 1983 Italy . . .
2021-Jan Intervista Federico Fellini 1987 Italy