Essay about Federico Fellini

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One of the most influential Italian cinemas film directors was Federico Fellini, who became popular after World War II. The filmography of Fellini included 24 titles; of which won him five Academy Awards including the most Oscars in history for best foreign language film (Encyclopaedia Britannica). Federico Fellini’s influences have became such an integral part of the film industry, that some of his influences are barely even credited to him in todays society such as the word “paparazzi” which originated in his film La Dolce Vita, and became the word it means today. Also high schools across the America stage perform the Broadway musical comedy Sweet Charity, which was based on the Fellini film Nights of Cabiria, which was a film about an…show more content…
Rossellini engaged Fellini as a writer for Open City, which was an influential film in the Italian Neorealism movement, and earned him his first Oscar nomination for his contributions to the film (Encyclopaedia Britannica). Rossellini came to Fellini at his Funny Face Shop, which he had opened up with Enrico De Seta, where they were living during the postwar recession drawing caricatures of American soldiers. Rossellini came to Fellini to add gags to his script (Kezich 78). After this Fellini quickly became a prominent scriptwriter with his most known contribution to Italian cinema as a scriptwriter through Rossellini in films such as the 1946 Paisà. Fellini eventually made his director debut in collaboration with Lattuada in their 1950 film Luci del varietà, which was the first in a series of works dealing with provincial life. This film came out to very poor reviews and left Lattuada and Fellini with debts to pay for over a decade and the production company bankrupt (Kezich 114). In 1951 Fellini had his first solo-directed feature Lo sceicco bianco, which he got after traveling to Paris for a script conference with Rossellini. The feature starred Alberto Sordi in a revised version of Michelangelo Antonioni’s work. Antonioni rejected the original script by Fellini and Tullio Pinelli; the script was then reworked with Ennio Flaiano into a light-hearted satire about a newlywed couple Ivan and Wanda
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