Federico Fellini at 100

January 16–May 17, 2020

A centennial celebration of one of the greats of international art cinema, a master of memory, dreams, fantasy, and desire.

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  • 8 1/2

  • La dolce vita

  • La strada

  • Nights of Cabiria

  • I vitelloni

  • Amarcord

  • City of Women

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  • The White Sheik

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1952

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    The White Sheik also screens Wednesday, February 12, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

    • Thursday, January 16 7 PM

    Provincial newlyweds arriving in Rome get sidetracked by the wife’s obsession with a fumetto photo-comic star in Fellini’s solo directorial debut. “A funny, sardonic, and clever satire on popular heroes and ordinary people’s illusions” (Chicago Reader). 

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  • La dolce vita

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1960

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
    Film to Table dinner follows the January 26 screening

    • Saturday, January 18 7 PM
    • Sunday, January 26 3:30 PM
    • Saturday, May 16 7 PM

    Marcello Mastroianni stars as a jaded reporter drawn to the decadence of Rome in Fellini’s masterpiece, filled with jaw-dropping set pieces of both excess and warmth. “Fellini’s bizarre, extravagant visuals are absolutely riveting” (Time Out). 

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  • Variety Lights

    Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada
    Italy, 1950

    Variety Lights also screens Wednesday, February 5, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

    • Sunday, January 19 4:30 PM

    Following a troupe of small-time vaudevillians led by an incorrigible dreamer (Peppino De Filippo) and his fiancée (Giulietta Masina), this was Fellini’s first look at the passions and dreams of eccentrics living beyond bourgeois society—but not his last. 

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  • Amarcord

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1973

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    Amarcord also screens Wednesday, April 1, with a lecture by David Thomson.

    • Thursday, January 23 7 PM
    • Saturday, March 21 7:30 PM

    Fellini’s free-spirited portrait of Rimini in the 1930s, when fascism was a fact of life. “As full of tales as Scheherazade, some romantic, some slapstick, some elegiacal, some bawdy, some mysterious . . . a film of exhilarating beauty” (New York Times).

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  • I vitelloni

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1953

    I vitelloni also screens Wednesday, February 19, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

    • Saturday, January 25 7:30 PM

    Fellini paired with the great Italian comic everyman Alberto Sordi for this look at the not-so-young sons of the middle class, (barely) growing up in the provincial town of Rimini. “One of the screen’s great portrayals of the hell-raising and malaise of young men” (Chicago Tribune). 

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  • La strada

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1954

    La strada also screens Wednesday, February 26, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

    • Saturday, February 1 5:30 PM

    Fellini’s muse, Giulietta Masina, modeled her timeless character Gelsomina after Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp. She stars with a brutish Anthony Quinn in this classic that Martin Scorsese has called “the cornerstone of Fellini’s work.”

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  • 8 1/2

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1963

    Film to Table dinner follows the February 15 screening

    8 1/2 also screens Wednesday, March 18, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

    • Thursday, February 6 7 PM
    • Saturday, February 15 5 PM
    • Sunday, March 1 7 PM

    A jaded director (Marcello Mastroianni) fantasizes on his next great film—or his next sexual conquest—in Fellini’s metafictional masterpiece, “probably the most potent movie about filmmaking” (The Guardian). 

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  • Open City

    Roberto Rossellini
    Italy, 1945

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    Open City also screens Wednesday, January 29, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

    • Saturday, February 22 5:30 PM

    A group of women and children (led by a charismatic Anna Magnani) try to shelter resistance forces from the Nazis. Rossellini’s moving, inspiring, and agonizing neorealist classic was cowritten by Fellini.

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  • Paisan

    Roberto Rossellini
    Italy, 1946

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    • Sunday, February 23 2 PM

    An episodic, semidocumentary portrait of wartime Italy, from Sicily during the Allied invasion to the Po Valley near the war’s end. “One of the strongest antiwar films ever made” (New York Times), it was cowritten by Fellini.

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  • The Flowers of St. Francis

    Roberto Rossellini
    Italy, 1949
    • Saturday, February 29 5:30 PM

    Cowritten by Fellini, Rossellini’s episodic tribute to the People’s Saint is constructed with crafty simplicity, rich humanity, and earthly joy. “A glorious hallucination of perfect harmony between man and nature” (Dave Kehr).

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  • Fellini’s Roma

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1972

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    • Friday, March 13 7 PM

    Fellini’s episodic, “panoramic album of impressions in praise of Rome and the Italians, past, present, and future” (Albert Johnson).

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  • Fellini Satyricon

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1969
    • Sunday, March 22 7 PM

    Fellini’s tour of ancient Rome is less historical document than decadent fantasia, following the narrator Encolpius as he searches for his male lover through feasts, festivals, orgies, and death. “A surreal epic” (New York Times).

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  • Fellini’s Casanova

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1976
    • Friday, March 27 7 PM

    Donald Sutherland plays Casanova in “Fellini’s most extravagant and courageous dream” (Albert Johnson). “The visual daring and pure imagination of every image leave it as an elegiac farewell to an era of Italian cinema” (Time Out). 

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  • A Fellini Omnibus


    This program also screens Wednesday, March 4, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

    • Friday, April 3 6:30 PM

    Three Fellini shorts originally released as parts of omnibus films: The Marriage Agency (from the neorealist anthology Love in the City), The Temptations of Doctor Antonio (from the Decameron-inspired sex farce Boccaccio ’70), and Toby Dammit (from the Poe collection Spirits of the Dead). 

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  • The Clowns

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1970

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    The Clowns also screens Wednesday, March 25, with a lecture by Russell Merritt.

    • Sunday, April 5 7 PM

    Fellini’s tribute to the world of the clown is—like so much of his supposedly nonfiction work—part documentary, part autobiography, and suffused with fantasy. “Fellini turns the world into his circus” (Time). 

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  • Il bidone

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1955

    Digital Restoration

    The screening of Il bidone listed in the BAMPFA Program Guide on February 16 has been rescheduled for Friday, April 24, at 7 PM. We regret any inconvenience.

    • Friday, April 24 7 PM

    Three con men pose as priests to trick peasants out of cash in Fellini’s sadly ironic study of misguided faith, whether in religion or upward mobility. The closest Fellini would come to film noir.

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  • Orchestra Rehearsal

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1979
    • Sunday, April 26 4 PM

    Originally made for Italian TV, this satirical pseudo-documentary about the tensions within an orchestra draws on Fellini’s collaborations with composer Nino Rota. With Fellini: A Director’s Notebook, a self-reflective wander through the director’s mind and the city of Rome.

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  • City of Women

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1980
    • Saturday, May 2 7:30 PM

    Fellini’s aging alter ego Marcello Mastroianni wanders through a woman-dominated dreamscape in this surrealist fantasia of female power and male sexual anxiety, the director’s fascinating attempt to grapple with feminism.

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  • And the Ship Sails On

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1983
    • Wednesday, May 6 7 PM

    The admirers of a recently deceased opera diva gather on an ocean liner for a final voyage in Fellini’s opulently stylized drama, “a celebration of spectacle” (Vincent Canby).

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  • Nights of Cabiria

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1956

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    • Thursday, May 7 7 PM

    The great Giulietta Masina portrays the spunky prostitute Cabiria in this humorous and ultimately transformative story of the survival of the human spirit. “The masterpiece of Masina’s collaboration with Fellini” (Albert Johnson).

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  • Ginger and Fred

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1986
    • Sunday, May 10 4:30 PM

    Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni star as an aging dance duo invited to perform on a TV variety show in Fellini’s film, both a fond tribute to vaudeville and a withering assault on the meaningless opulence of commercial television. 

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  • Intervista

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1987
    • Thursday, May 14 7 PM

    Fellini turns the camera on himself in this pseudo-documentary, which uses a Japanese TV crew’s visit to the Cinecittà studio as the pretext for a series of glimpses into the filmmaker’s methods and thoughts.

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  • The Voice of the Moon

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1990
    • Sunday, May 17 7 PM

    Fellini’s dreamy, almost Beckett-like story follows a young, moonstruck wanderer (Roberto Benigni) and his friend, a plump, aging actor, a Laurel and Hardy–like pair seeking to understand the meanings of life. 

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