Four surprising ways Fellini has influenced modern life

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  • Four surprising ways Fellini has influenced modern life
  • Sally Luff
  • September 24, 2014

With a career spanning across fifty years, celebrated Italian director Federico Fellini is considered one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century.

Across two stunning nights, we’re celebrating some of his finest work with WM FOCUS ON: FELLINI, starting tonight 8.30pm AEST with FELLINI’S ROMA.

Before the journey into his surreal and mesmerising work begins, let’s take a look at some of the more unusual circumstances in which his influence is felt in modern life.

Pulp Fiction
That iconic scene in the diner where Mia and Vincent twist up a storm? It’s actually a homage to a very similar dance scene in Fellini’s 8 ¬Ω. You can check out the two side by side HERE.

The word ‚Äòpaparazzi’
Celebrity-stalking photographers may have been known by a different name were it not for Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. ‚ÄòPaparazzo’ was the name of the main character’s camera toting sidekick in the film, and soon passed into the vernacular as a term for relentless and brazen celebrity photographers.

Broadway
Fellini’s arresting mix of music and visuals in 8 ¬Ω inspired the Broadway musical spin-off Nine, which first hit the stage in 1982. Perhaps unfortunately, this eventually also resulted in the (far less lovable) motion picture version adaptation in 2009.

Music Videos
R.E.M.’s Everybody Hurts clip is heavily inspired by the surreal traffic jam experience in the opening dream sequence of 8¬Ω.

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