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Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002)

Fellini: Je suis un grand menteur (original title)
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A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. Several actors, a producer, a ... See full summary »

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Damian Pettigrew

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Damian Pettigrew (scenario), Olivier Gal (scenario)
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Cast overview:
Roberto Benigni ... Himself / La Voce della Luna
Luigi 'Titta' Benzi Luigi 'Titta' Benzi ... Himself / Ami d'enfance
Italo Calvino ... Himself / Ecrivain
Dante Ferretti ... Himself / Chef décorateur
Rinaldo Geleng Rinaldo Geleng ... Himself / Peintre
Tullio Pinelli Tullio Pinelli ... Himself / Scénariste
Giuseppe Rotunno ... Himself / Directeur de la photographie
Terence Stamp ... Himself / Toby Dammit
Donald Sutherland ... Himself / Casanova
Daniel Toscan du Plantier Daniel Toscan du Plantier ... Himself / Producteur
Federico Fellini ... Himself (archive footage)
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A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. Several actors, a producer, a writer, and a production manager talk about working with Fellini. Archive footage of Fellini and others on the set plus clips from his films provide commentary and illustration for the points interviewees make. Fellini is fully in charge; actors call themselves puppets. He dismisses improvisation and calls for "availability." His sets and his films create images that look like reality but are not; we see the differences and the results. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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France | Italy | UK

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English | Italian | French

Release Date:

2 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€2,398 (Italy), 22 June 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,981, 6 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$106,080, 1 June 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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Rinaldo Geleng: When Federico was free of her at last, he told me, 'Rinaldo, I finally succeeded in spitting on her ass.'
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Brilliant Artistry
6 October 2003 | by Emperor-of-IcecreamSee all my reviews

Rare to see docu-portraits as subtle and beautifully written as this with no commentary, no pedagogy, no made for TV cliches and no interviewer-critic constantly cutting in. This is a unique, challenging portrait of Fellini using generous film clips from 8 1/2 as its narrative column with a masterclass in aesthetics conducted by the master himself. Definitely not Fellini 101. No Masina and no Mastroianni (we've got Tatò's 3-hr film on the latter) and yet their absences are remarkably present throughout, like felliniesque ghosts trapped in a gorgeous suite of film clips. This is truly creative filmmaking built on a bedrock of nostalgia, melancholy, lies, modernist thinking and the Maestro's pathetic search for the Ideal Woman. Very briefly, the "story" is told in images that take us to Fellini's childhhood farm in Gambettola and up to the snow-covered mountain spring of La Strada which then flows through Chianciano and the volcanic thermal waters used for healing (the spa Fellini re-invented in 8 1/2) and on down the Tiber to flow out into the sea. At one point, a superb clip from 8 1/2 shows Guido/Mastroianni/Fellini asking Claudia/Ideal Woman if she could give up everything and start all over again in the knowledge that love was worth a lifetime's fidelity. She doesn't really answer the question and he requests that she "drive on pass the spring - I can hear it now." The image of the spring -Fellini's metaphor for health both artistic and mental - works beautifully in this film. Would that I had more time to develop the subtle meanings developed throughout. Definitely made for mature audiences ready to sit still and listen and look. An extraordinarily controlled piece of film. For me, this is cinematic artistry well worth the price of admission. Thank you, Damiano.


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