Credited cast:
Woody Allen ... Himself
Roberto Benigni ... Himself (archive footage)
Claudia Cardinale ... Herself (archive footage)
Charlotte Chandler Charlotte Chandler ... Herself
Dino De Laurentiis ... Himself
Gianni Di Venanzo ... Himself (archive footage)
Anita Ekberg ... Herself
Federico Fellini ... Himself (archive footage)
Rinaldo Geleng Rinaldo Geleng ... Himself
Piero Gherardi Piero Gherardi ... Himself (archive footage)
Tullio Kezich ... Himself
Nino Manfredi ... Himself
Renato Marinelli Renato Marinelli ... Himself
Marcello Mastroianni ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Mazursky ... Himself


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English | Italian

Release Date:

2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fellini's Magic See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Federico Fellini: Why did I want to direct? I didn't have any desire to be a director.
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References La Strada (1954) See more »

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Not at all exhaustive but a nice discussion of Fellini's odd direction.
10 November 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you are looking for an exhaustive biography on Fellini, then keep looking. In fact, this film provides almost no background on this famous director at all--other than very briefly discussing his marriage. His childhood, hobbies, and why he became a director aren't discussed at all. Instead, the film is all about his directing and writing style. This discussion took me by surprise, as unlike Alfred Hitchcock (who meticulously planned EVERY detail), Fellini just seemed to 'wing it' during much of his career. The barest of scripts and the barest of instruction to his actors--these were hallmarks of a Fellini film. And yet, despite being very organic and evolving productions, many of his films are today seen as classics. In addition, the film discusses some of the 'Fellini touches'--quirky things that make his movies stand out--like his love of weird looking actors. It's obvious Fellini was a real character and his quirkiness comes out in this film big time--through interviews with various actors, biographers, directors and the like. It's all nice for folks who want to see how a director works or if you are a Fellini-phile. Otherwise, it's a film that the average person would probably not be drawn to seeing.

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