Federico Fellini aficionados, the lavishly illustrated
new book "Fellini: The Sixties" is the
equivalent of a mouthwatering plate of spaghetti and a
glass of the best Chianti.
a fantastic voyage into the magical world of one of
cinema’s greatest masters, who during his career was
nominated for 12 Academy Awards, receiving an honorary
Oscar in 1993 "in recognition of his cinematic
accomplishments that have thrilled and entertained
of his films — "La Strada," "The Nights
of Cabiria," "8 1/2" and "Amacord"
— won Oscars for foreign-language film.
the 1960s. Fellini’s films became more daring and
surreal — and his prominence and influence grew. The
book explores his films from that decade — 1961’s"
La Dolce Vita," 1963’s "81/2," 1965’s
"Juliet of the Spirits" (his first excursion
into color), 1969’s "Fellini’s Satyricon,"
as well as his contributions to the anthology films
"Boccaccio ‘70" (1962) and 1968’s
"Spirits of the Dead."
from the Independent Visions Archive, the book features
more than 150 images printed from the original
negatives. Many of these photographs have never been
images are almost as incredible as the films, especially
the photos of the larger-than-life Fellini as he directs
such stars as Anita Ekberg in "La Dolce Vita"
and his attention to detail working with actors Martin
Potter and Max Born in "Satyricon."
is someone who is so famous in concept and theory as a
name, many people only know him by his last name,"
said author Manoah Bowman, proprietor of Independent
while many know his name," he noted, "let’s
face it. Most of the young generation has never seen one
of his movies. They know the term ‘paparazzi’ that
came from ‘La Dolce Vita,’ but they don’t know its
origin. He has to be introduced to a new century."
the main reason why the book, published by Running Press
and Turner Classic Movies, concentrates on that decade.
"The early films from the 1950s are better
structured, but that is not what people care about
anymore," said Bowman.
wanted to use the films we felt that would speak to the
generation today. We had to make some tough choices that
would appeal to young people. These films in the 1960s
were pushing the envelope."
book also features essays on Fellini by Gregor Meyer and
Cory Milton and a particularly cheeky foreword by the
late Ekberg, who made four films with the director.
"Federico always loved beautiful women — and I
was a beautiful woman!" she wrote.
and I were happy in each other’s company and on the
set. I helped to make his name and he made me even more
famous. Giulietta [Masina] his wife, was very jealous,
but I rarely saw her."
actress Barbara Steele ("Black Sunday"), who
arrived in Rome in 1960, played Gloria Morin, the new
girlfriend of Guido’s (Marcello Mastroianni) best
friend in "8 1/2."
said Steele by phone, "had a very intimate
relationship with Rome. He would go out into it. He
loved the night because it’s very solitary, and he
loved all the strange people who would be hanging
he would ask Steele to join him. Eventually, she noted,
"I got into it myself. In those days you would walk
anywhere and not be frightened of being accosted. You
could walk by the Tiber at 3 in the morning."
said Fellini would see "all of Rome" for the
roles in his films. He would take months and months to
cast. You could be the butcher, the baker and the
candlestick maker — he didn’t care."
got a script. And because the dialogue was looped after
the film was shot, Fellini had a 16-piece orchestra on
the set that played, and there was special food for
everyone. "Giulietta Masina would arrive with these
little silver trays with these little cakes she would
bake," Steele recalls.
was set to collaborate with him again on his 1976 film,
"Fellini’s Casanova," but she said the
production was shut down for several months after the
first three weeks of filming disappeared from the vault.
the film resumed production, her part was eliminated.
"There was a whole wonderful sequence in
Venice," said Steele. "This was way before
Viagra. I played his alchemist who cured impotency with
these wonderful spells."