Federico Fellini may be one of the most studied names in cinema, but now the Jeu de Paume introduces a new context in which to interpret his extensive body of work. In this large exhibition, Fellini ephemera and everything from television interviews to behind-the-scenes photographs (including several images of the actress Anita Ekberg) grant the viewer a glimpse of the director’s journey from fledgling caricaturist to renowned auteur. Excerpts from La dolce vita (1960) and 8½ (1963) — two of the most acclaimed works in cinema history — accompany an unpublished book of dreams, illustrations Fellini made over the course of 30 years after discovering the writings of Carl Jung. Standing before Rêve du 1er avril 1975, a playful drawing of a pear-shaped woman suggestively perched atop a cloud, the viewer recognizes the same imaginative quality that defines Fellini’s distinctive cinematic style. By delving deeply into the filmmaker’s creative processes, the exhibition offers even his most devoted disciples a new set of critical tools with which to examine his movies.
"Federico Fellini" originally appeared in the November 2009 issue of Modern Painters. For a complete list of articles from this issue available on ARTINFO, see Modern Painters' November 2009 Table of Contents.