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Nine movies by Federico Fellini

Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (Peter B. Lewis Theater)

  • Date Friday, September 03, 2021 - Sunday, October 24, 2021
Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (Peter B. Lewis Theater)

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Nine movies by Federico Fellini, the celebrated Italian filmmaker who won four Oscars during his illustrious career, will show in the film series “Fellini 101,” running September 3 through October 24 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. The series commemorates the 101st anniversary of the director’s 1920 birth while also serving as an introduction to his most essential works. (He died in 1993.)

Fellini’s ascendancy during the post-WWII era mirrored his war-ravaged country’s rapid economic rise during this same period. Fellini’s early black-and-white movies during the 1950s (like La Strada) are in the neorealist vein: naturalistic acting (often by non-professionals) in unglamorous, real-world settings. But as Italy became more prosperous and affluent during the 1960s, Fellini’s work became more art-directed, studio-derived, and stylized, as in his semi-autobiographical 1963 masterpiece . He began to plumb his dreams, memories, and fertile imagination—and to tap his pre-cinema career as a caricaturist and cartoonist—to produce overstuffed, visually voluptuous phantasmagorias that were alternately funny, sad, grotesque, satiric, erotic, nostalgic, and sentimental—in a word, “Felliniesque.” Yet these extravagant, over-the-top movies always remained empathetic and humane.

All nine movies will show in the Peter B. Lewis Theater of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Avenue in University Circle. Admission to each program is $11; Cinematheque members, CIA & Cleveland State University I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. Face masks are required for all attendees. Free parking for filmgoers in available in Lot 73 and in the Institute’s annex lot, both located off of E. 117th Street south of Euclid Avenue. For further information, call 216.421.7450, visit cia.edu/cinematheque, or send an email to cinema@cia.edu.

“Fellini 101” is part of the “Federico Fellini 100 Tour” in the US and Canada, a series of centennial tributes to Federico Fellini (1920–1993), which will travel to major museums and film institutions worldwide, coordinated by Paola Ruggiero and Camilla Cormanni of Luce Cinecittà. All films (unless noted) have been digitally restored in 4K by Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna and Cineteca Nazionale.

Cinematheque programs are generously supported by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Friday, September 3, at 7:00 pm & Sunday, September 5, at 4:00 pm
Fellini 101
I VITELLONI
Italy, 1953, Federico Fellini

Fellini’s first great film is a poignant, semi-autobiographical tale of five twenty-something layabouts in a small, provincial Italian seaside town. (“Vitelloni” means “overgrown calves.”) These young men spend their days loafing, playing, drinking, womanizing, and daydreaming, harboring vague ambitions they will probably never realize. Fellini’s neorealist classic, sometimes likened to American Graffiti, reputedly inspired Scorsese’s Mean Streets. With Alberto Sordi; music by Nino Rota. 4K restoration! Subtitles. DCP. 105 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes or twofers.

Saturday, September 11, at 7:00 pm & Sunday, September 12, at 4:00 pm
Fellini 101
LA STRADA
Italy, 1954, Federico Fellini

One of Fellini’s most beloved movies—and the first motion picture to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film—is a moving fable that chronicles the tragicomic relationship between a brutish, itinerant circus strongman (Anthony Quinn) and the simple-minded, love-starved waif (Giulietta Masina, Fellini’s wife) who works with him as a clown (and serves him like a slave). The title means The Road. 4K restoration! Subtitles. 108 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes or twofers.

Friday, September 17, at 7:00 pm & Saturday, September 18, at 5:00 pm
Fellini 101
NIGHTS OF CABIRIA
LA NOTTI DI CABIRIA
Italy, 1956, Federico Fellini

The magnificent Giulietta Masina (La Strada) plays an eternally optimistic Rome streetwalker with a heart of gold and a head of cotton candy in her husband’s Oscar-winning masterpiece, shown here in a newly restored, newly subtitled, uncut version. This buoyant, poignant classic inspired the musical Sweet Charity. 4K restoration! Subtitles. DCP. 117 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes or twofers. www.rialtopictures.com

Thursday, September 23, at 6:45 pm & Sunday, September 26, at 6:30 pm
Fellini 101
LA DOLCE VITA
Italy, 1960, Federico Fellini

One of the landmark films of the modern era, Fellini’s expansive survey of “the sweet life” focuses on a gossip columnist (Marcello Mastroianni) who is both attracted and repelled by the decadence and excesses of Rome’s fashionable but soulless jet set. Contains many iconic sequences, including Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain. With Anouk Aimée. Restored scope DCP! Subtitles. 175 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA I.D. holders, those age 25 & under $8; no passes or twofers.

Saturday, October 2, at 7:00 pm & Sunday, October 3, at 3:45 pm
Fellini 101

OTTO E MEZZO
Italy, 1963, Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical fantasy is one of the landmarks of world cinema! Marcello Mastroianni plays a hugely successful Italian film director who finds himself at a creative impasse just as he is about to embark on his most elaborate project. To escape fans, media vultures, and industry sycophants who swarm around him like flies, he retreats into private fantasies and nostalgic reveries. was voted the tenth best movie of all time by over 800 film critics and industry professionals polled by Sight & Sound magazine in 2012. (Directors ranked it #4 on their list.) 4K restoration! Subtitles. DCP. 138 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes or twofers.

Friday, October 8, at 8:45 pm & Saturday, October 9, at 5:00 pm
Fellini 101
Double Feature!
THE TEMPTATION OF DR. ANTONIO
LE TENTAZIONI DEL DOTTOR ANTONIO
Italy/France, 1962, Federico Fellini

TOBY DAMMIT
France/Italy, 1968, Federico Fellini

Two short fantasies by Fellini. The first is his contribution to the 1962 portmanteau film Boccaccio ’70. Fellini’s first color movie, it’s a delightful comedy in which a prudish, self-appointed moral watchdog strenuously objects to a neighborhood billboard featuring busty La Dolce Vita star Anita Ekberg, who encourages people to “drink more milk.” Imagine this puritan’s surprise when the giant goddess comes to life! Toby Dammit, the maestro’s psychedelic segment from the 1968 French-Italian omnibus film Spirits of the Dead (showcasing three Edgar Allan Poe adaptations), is a screen translation of Poe’s Never Bet the Devil Your Head. Terence Stamp plays an alcoholic British movie star in Rome who is plagued by diabolical visions. Both 4K restorations! Subtitles. DCP. Total 97 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes or twofers.

Saturday, October 16, at 9:05 pm & Sunday, October 17, at 3:30 pm
Fellini 101
JULIET OF THE SPIRITS
GIULIETTA DEGLI SPIRITI
Italy/France, 1965, Federico Fellini

Fellini’s first color feature, made right after 8½, is a psychosexual phantasmagoria in which he trades his own fantasies for those of his wife (Giulietta Masina). Masina plays a neglected, middle-aged Roman housewife who suspects her husband is cheating on her. She consults psychics and seers and escapes into her imagination. Nino Rota’s bouncy score is among his most distinctive and memorable. 4K restoration! Subtitles. DCP. 145 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes or twofers.

Saturday, October 23, at 7:25 pm & Sunday, October 24, at 8:30 pm
Fellini 101
AMARCORD
Italy, 1973, Federico Fellini

Amarcord, which means “I Remember,” is a magnificent dream/memory piece in which Federico Fellini recalls his youth in the small Italian seaside town of Rimini during the 1930s Fascist era. This Oscar-winning movie overflows with colorful characters and funny, bawdy, melancholy vignettes. The movie’s cinematographer was the great Giuseppe Rotunno, who died in February, and Nino Rota (of course) composed the lilting music. 4K restoration! Subtitles. DCP. 124 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8. No passes or twofers.

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