World Movies Classic presents the best in film from Italian director and screenwriter Federico Fellini. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness, Fellini is recognised as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time.
Sunday 5 June 7.10pm – 8 ½ (1963, Italy)
Fellini’s Academy award winning story of a film director facing artistic ruin. An elegant and definitive example of ‘Fellini-esque’ charm, and considered by many to be autobiographical. Stars Marcello Mastroianni.
Sunday 12 June 6.35pm – La Dolce Vita (1960, France)
In Fellini’s decadent celebration of the shallowness of humanity, Marcello Mastroianni is a gossip columnist in search of the next scandal or party. Also stars Anita Ekberg. Winner of the Palme d’Or.
Sunday 19 June 7.20pm – Nights of Cabiria (1957, Italy, France)
In a special tribute to this week’s passing of legendary Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis, comes his 1957 Oscar-winning chronicle of a prostitute as she searches for love and happiness in her unstable world. Directed by Federico Fellini.
Sunday 26 June 7.30pm – Spirits of The Dead (1968, Italy, France)
Comprising of three segments: 1. In the Middle Ages a cruel young woman (Jane Fonda) believes that the spirit of the cousin she loved who was killed in a stable fire was reborn in a horse that escaped the fire. 2. William Wilson a cruel boy discovers he has a double. Lateras a gambling military officer he murders his double confesses to a priest then kills himself. 3. An English actor Toby Dammit (Terence Stamp) gets very drunk in Rome at an awards presentation. He sees death in the form of a little girl and drives a Maserata to a macabre death.