A Fellini Omnibus
Film historian Russell Merritt has been introducing films, lecturing, and serving as an occasional guest curator at BAMPFA for more than thirty years.
The three works in tonight’s program were originally released as parts of omnibus films. In The Marriage Agency, Fellini’s contribution to the neorealist anthology Love in the City, a reporter comes into the agency pretending that he is looking for a wife for his friend who has delusions of being a werewolf. To his surprise, they have just the woman for him. The Temptations of Doctor Antonio, Fellini’s episode of the three-part Boccaccio ’70, mocks moral hypocrisy in the person of an aggressively prudish doctor who wages a one-man war against a giant billboard featuring Anita Ekberg voluptuously promoting milk. Toby Dammit, Fellini’s part of Spirits of the Dead, is based on the Poe story “Never Bet the Devil Your Head.” Terence Stamp stars as an actor whose trip from a ghostly airport along a nocturnal highway is a masterpiece of modern macabre. “The flavor is apocalyptic late sixties . . . an awake dream of double realities” (Nathaniel Dorsky).
Films in this Screening
The Marriage Agency
Federico Fellini, Italy, 1953
The Temptations of Doctor Antonio
(Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio)
Federico Fellini, Italy, 1962
Peppino De Filippo
Donatella Della Nora
Federico Fellini, Italy, France, 1967