On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, Fellini receives the Criterion box set he deserves.
Federico Fellini may have cut his cinematic teeth to make films in the style of classic Italian neorealism, but the legendary director's grandiose sensibility could not be curtailed for long. After films like The White Sheik and La Strada hit screens in the early 1950s, Fellini followed his unique creative impulses away from the then realities of Italian cinema and directed his most ambitious, dazzling projects that eventually became his most prized masterpieces: La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2.
Not only did he garner 12 Oscar nominations in his life, but he also set a record for the most Best Foreign Language Film wins in Academy Awards history. He won 4.
One could indulge in Fellini's brilliance and increase one's contributions to the world of filmmaking all day, but instead– Why don't you celebrate his life's work by watching his films? Criterion recently announced that it has compiled a collection of all of the director's major projects. The 15-disc box set entitled "Essential Fellini" contains tracks from almost 40 years of his career as well as a variety of additional content that will make the life of every Fellini fan a little sweeter.
The 15 films included in the box set are:
- Variety Lights (1950)
- The White Sheikh (1952)
- I Vitelloni (1953)
- La Strada (1954)
- Il Bidone (1955)
- Nights of Cabiria (1957)
- La Dolce Vita (1960)
- 8 1/2 (1963)
- Julia the Ghosts (1965)
- Fellini Satyricon (1969)
- Roma (1972)
- Amarcord (1973)
- And the ship keeps sailing (1983)
- Intervista (1987)
The box set also offers numerous additional functions.
- New 4K restorations with 11 cinema functions with uncompressed monaural soundtracks for all films
- New digital restorations of the short film Toby Dammit (1968) and the television film Fellini: A Director & # 39; s Notebook (1969) with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
- Feature films Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002) and Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember (1997), the latter in its 193-minute version
- Two-hour, four-part interview from 1960 with the director Federico Fellini by the filmmaker André Delvaux for Belgian television
- Four documentaries behind the scenes: Reporter's diary: "Zoom on Fellini" (1965), Ciao, Federico! (1969), The Secret Diary of "Amarcord" (1974) and Fellini racconta: On the set of "And the Ship Sails On" (1983)
- Fellini racconta: Passegiatte nella memoria, a documentary from 2000 with interviews with a late Fellini
- Giulietta Masina: The Power of a Smile, a 2004 documentary about Fellini's wife and frequent contributor
- Once upon a time: “La dolce vita”, a French television documentary about the film
- Audio commentary on six of the films
- 2003 program about Fellini's TV commercials in the 1980s
- Archive interviews with Fellini stars and employees, including Mastroianni, Sandra Milo, Anouk Aimée and Magali Noël
- Archive audio interviews by film critic Gideon Bachmann with Fellini, Mastroianni and Fellini's friends and family
- Video essays, trailers and more
- PLUS: Deluxe packaging including two richly illustrated books with hundreds of pages of content: Notes on the films by scholar David Forgacs, essays by filmmakers Michael Almereyda, Kogonada and Carol Morley; Film critics Bilge Ebiri and Stephanie Zacharek; and the writer Colm Tóibín, as well as dozens of pictures illuminating Don Young's famous collection of Fellini memorabilia
The Essential Fellini Box Set is priced at $ 200 and will be available on November 24, 2020. You can pre-order it now by going to Criterion.