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Fellini’s Women Don’t Walk, They…

This is a part of Nathaniel R’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series, starring Anita Ekberg, CEO of LOLCats, and Marcello Mastroianni, curator of cool.

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Federico Fellini‘s work, mostly on the love side. There’s like one or two films of his that seem insipid and enforced schoolboy attitudes. But for the most part, he’s the guy that the stereotypically pretentious cineastes like, which is ironic because he’s so fun and silly and childlike and playful. This week, Nathaniel’s doing La Dolce Vita. I try my best in writing the most intelligent film criticism I can, but do you really want erudition out of a movie about Italians in their thirties partying it up?

This movie was also my introduction to Anouk Aimee. I like her better here than in 8 1/2, but then I always like the flirt over the neglected wife.

The picture above will also be the gayest moment in a Fellini film, second to all of Satyricon. Although someone correct me if I’m wrong.

Nonetheless, here’s my favourite shot/sequence is the last one. It’s the morning after a party, two of the women spot a commotion on the beach. And of course, Fellini women don’t walk, they saunter. I don’t even remember the shots being like this. I remember them all walking to the beach from the right hand side of the screen. But really they walk through the forest area from the right hand side of the screen and they walk on the beach with their backs facing the audience. And of course I don’t remember how much the forest looks like a backdrop, but then those ‘painted’ trees look like they have dimension. I’m not gonna cheat and look up on iMDb whether Fellini filmed this in a studio or not. I just love how surreal the shot is. Not Bunuel surreal, no offense to him, but fun, playtime surreal.

This one

Here’s Marcello (Mastroianni) looking as fresh as an 18-year-old. I also don’t remember the film being almost three hours long, but if I was having this much fun, this movie could have gone on all night long.

La Dolce Vita is playing today at October 10 and November 9 at the Bell Lightbox, but I kinda wanna see Rules of the Game too.

4 responses

  1. Fellini is in my holy trilogy of directors and while I agree that he’s easy to use in order to brag about intellectual crap, he was just so much fun!
    All of his movies have this mischievous element that makes one think Federico always knew something we didn’t. You should love him more 😛
    Also I love the whole mindfuck that is “Satyricon” and I soo envy that you get the chance to see these movies at a theater!

    October 12, 2010 at 1:49 am

  2. I was working when it was on. And Mad Men was on too.

    I need to watch Satyricon again, I guess. I saw it at 2 in the morning and I was still in high school, and this was at the time when the local channels would show ‘physically oriented’ films. I have a feeling that me and his Roman series won’t gel well, I couldn’t remember the humour in the movie. But his early stuff and to a lesser extent, Amarcord, hells bells yes!

    Who are the other two on you holy trinity?

    October 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm

  3. Elia Kazan and Francois Truffaut.
    I live for the work of those three men.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:07 am

  4. Woody Allen, Michael Haneke, Sidney Lumet

    October 14, 2010 at 12:37 am

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