We are pleased to present a collection of trailers, interviews and appreciations of Federico Fellini in honor of his 100th birthday.   The first four trailers are for the Fellini 100: Homage to Federico Fellini Marathon at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, Saturday, March 7.  Fellini festivals and events are occurring throughout North America with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive currently presenting a major retrospective. You will find dozens of photos, posters and articles about Fellini in our companion piece FELLINI 100 : A Celebration in Images, Words and Music.

Plus recipes Recipes for selected menu items and more surprises can be found on our special Feast with Fellini page.

There is a lot here and we suggest you enjoy it over time and multiple visits.

Above fascinating short is in Italian with no English subtitles

“When I start a picture, I always have a script, but I change it every day. I put in what occurs to me that day out of my imagination. You start on a voyage; you know where you will end up but not what will occur along the way. You want to be surprised.”

“I’m just a storyteller, and the cinema happens to be my medium. I like it because it recreates life in movement, enlarges it, enhances it, distills it. For me, it’s far closer to the miraculous creation of life than, say, a painting or music or even literature. It’s not just an art form; it’s actually a new form of life, with its own rhythms, cadences, perspectives and transparencies. It’s my way of telling a story.”

Below is the new American trailer for the restoration.

Above has English subtitles via Closed Captions button

Studs Terkel interview is Audio only.

Seeing Fellini’s ‘8 1/2,’ Then and Now according to director Allan Arkush

“Our duty as storytellers is to bring people to the station. There each person will choose his or her own train…But we must at least take them to the station…to a point of departure.”

I even see the cinema itself as a woman, with its alternation of light and darkness, of appearing and disappearing images”

I don’t like the idea of “understanding” a film. I don’t believe that rational understanding is an essential element in the reception of any work of art. Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn’t. If you are moved by it, you don’t need it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it.”

This documentary was made by Fellini for NBC TV as a special.

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