Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations Behind the Scenes

By Federico Pacchioni

© 2014

Federico Fellini is considered one of the greatest cinematic geniuses of our time, but his films were not produced in isolation. Instead, they are the results of collaborations with some of the greatest scriptwriters of twentieth-century Italy. Inspiring Fellini re-examines the filmmaker’s oeuvre, taking into consideration the considerable influence of his collaborations with writers and intellectuals including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, and Andrea Zanzotto. Author Federico Pacchioni provides a portrait of Fellini that is more complex than one of the stereotypical solitary genius, as he has been portrayed by Fellini criticism in the past.   

Pacchioni explores the dynamics of Fellini’s cinematic collaborations through analyses of the writers’ independently produced works, their contributions to the conceptualization of the films, and their conversations with Fellini himself, found in public and private archival sources. This book is an invaluable resource in the effort to understand the genesis of Fellini’s artistic development.

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Pacchioni explores the dynamics of Fellini’s cinematic collaborations through analyses of the writers’ independently produced works, their contributions to the conceptualization of the films, and their conversations with Fellini himself, found in public and private archival sources.

Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations Behind the Scenes

By Federico Pacchioni

© 2014

Federico Fellini is considered one of the greatest cinematic geniuses of our time, but his films were not produced in isolation. Instead, they are the results of collaborations with some of the greatest scriptwriters of twentieth-century Italy. Inspiring Fellini re-examines the filmmaker’s oeuvre, taking into consideration the considerable influence of his collaborations with writers and intellectuals including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, and Andrea Zanzotto. Author Federico Pacchioni provides a portrait of Fellini that is more complex than one of the stereotypical solitary genius, as he has been portrayed by Fellini criticism in the past.   

Pacchioni explores the dynamics of Fellini’s cinematic collaborations through analyses of the writers’ independently produced works, their contributions to the conceptualization of the films, and their conversations with Fellini himself, found in public and private archival sources. This book is an invaluable resource in the effort to understand the genesis of Fellini’s artistic development.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Illustrations: 12
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 8.8in
  • Reviews

    ‘Pacchioni’s book meritoriously sheds new light both on Fellini and on (supposed) authorship in film, presenting critical portraits of strong individualities that open to possible investigation both on these very authors and on the social imagery they contributed to shape.’


    Andrea Malagut
    Italica vol 92:01:2015

    ‘Wonderfully scholarly study, whose coherent approach to Fellini’s work is one of the most rewarding I have read on the subject.’


    Christopher Wagstaff
    Modern Language Review vol 111:03:2016

    ‘The book creatively combines detailed archival research and analysis of Fellini’s dream diary… Pacchioni’s work is significant and important.’


    MaoHui Deng
    Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies – vol 3:03:2015

    Inspiring Fellini is a ground-breaking contribution to Italian film studies, to Fellini studies, and to film theory about artistic collaboration in the industry. Pacchioni’s treatment of Fellini’s scriptwriters adds an entirely new dimension to our vision of Fellini’s complicated cinematic creativity, and his brilliant use of Fellini’s dream notebooks represents a huge advance in our knowledge of the Italian director’s personality and artistic choices.”
    Peter Bondanella, Peter Bondanella, Department of French and Italian, Indiana University

    “Focusing on the filmmaker’s intense and sometimes turbulent relationships with his collaborators, Inspiring Fellini leads us through the intricate scriptwriting process which produced such masterpieces as La strada, La dolce vita, 8 1/2, and Amarcord. Thanks to Pacchioni’s meticulous archival research, penetrating analyses, and accessible style, specialists and film-buffs alike have a great deal to gain from the discoveries and insights of this important new work.”
    Millicent Marcus, Department of Italian, Yale University

    “Pacchioni’s solid scholarship, critical insight, and innovative methodology revisit the question of the auteur, repositioning the canon of Italian art cinema in relation to current tendencies that focus on gender, genre, and popular film.”


    John P. Welle, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Notre Dame University
  • Author Information

    Federico Pacchioni is the Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco Endowed Professor in Italian Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Chapman University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    • A Not So Solitary Genius: Traversing Authorial Politics and Methodological Anxieties
    • An Ambiguous Adherence: Esotericism in Fellini’s Work and Collaborations

    1 Tullio Pinelli

    • Neutralizing Tragedy: A Pattern from La strada On
    • A Metaphysical Fellowship: Transcending Christianity
    • Nothing but Images: La voce della luna

    2 Ennio Flaiano

    • Frivolously Yours: The Public Dispute over Authorship
    • The Self as Monster: Satire and Compassion in La dolce vita
    • A Light in the Night: Negotiating Epiphany from I vitelloni to 8 1/2

    3 Bernardino Zapponi

    • The Script as Collage: The Unbound Notebooks of the 1970s
    • Popular Culture and Neurosis: Toby Dammit and Beyond

    4 The Poets

    • An Organic Mind: Brunello Rondi from La dolce vita to Provad’orchestra
    • You Are My Labyrinth: The Poetic Brotherhood with Pier Paolo Pasolini
    • Eroticism as Dream and Nightmare: A Dialogue with Brunello Rondi
    • Remembering Corporality: Tonino Guerra in Amarcord and E la nave va
    • Maternal Pre-grammaticality: Pasolini, Guerra, and Zanzotto

    Conclusion

    Notes

    Bibliography

    Index

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