Travel Italy through the work of Federico Fellini


“Born in 1920, Federico Fellini is recognised as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Throughout the 1940s, the young filmmaker amassed many writing credits, most notably co-writing the screenplay for Rome, Open City, directed by Roberto Rossellini. This, famously, led Fellini to receive his first Oscar nomination. By 1950, Fellini had co-produced and co-directed his first feature film, Variety Lights, with Alberto Lattuada. Despite the film’s disastrous reception, Fellini continued making movies, and his 1953 effort, I Vitelloni, was recieved well and won the Silver Lion Award in Venice. Over the next few decades, Fellini created countless influential and breathtaking features with a distinctive style that cemented him as an auteur. Greatly inspired by his own childhood, dreams, and personal experiences, Fellini injected his films with warmth and humanity. He once declared: ‘Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole, it would be about me.’ From  to La Dolce Vita, beautiful Italian locations play a central part in his films. … Fregene Beach: You can find Fregene Beach just outside of Rome, about 30km away. Host to some of the best free beaches and bars outside of the Italian capital, Fregene is a popular destination for Rome natives. Although Fellini wasn’t born in Rome, the director had a particular fondness for the beach and owned a (now demolished) villa in the coastal town. Fregene Beach appears during La Dolci Vita‘s final scene, but it is also present in Lo Sceicco Bianco and Juliet of the Spirits. Trevi Fountain: A must-see location for Fellini fans is the Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque-style fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. … However, one of the most recognisable scenes to feature the fountain is from La Dolce Vita. Slyvia and Marcello wade into the water together in the film’s most iconic scene, which is cemented into the brains of all Fellini fans. Unfortunately, the fountain is almost always teaming with tourists, so it might be challenging to view the landmark through the same lens that Fellini did. …”
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NY Times: A Fellini Museum, as Lavish as His Movies
FT – Cultural close-up: a tour of movie locations in central Rome
A Walking Tour of Fellini’s Rimini


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