Sam Stourdzé


Sam Stourdzé

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

160 pages | 133 color plates, 208 halftones | 9 1/2 x 12
Paper $49.00 ISBN: 9789089645821 Published April 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Over the course of his illustrious forty-year career, the Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini (1920-1993) created a cinematic universe that continues to enthrall film aficionados and influence other directors. From the bellowing strongman in La Strada (1954) to the anguished society reporter in La Dolce Vita (1960) and the tyrannical whip-wielding director in (1963), the inhabitants of this universe have risen to the level of archetype. Their creator, though, looms even larger in the cinematic imagination. This lushly illustrated volume harnesses the power of images to evoke the physical and imaginative worlds that he inhabited.

Fellini traces the director’s sources, themes, and obsessions through movie stills, drawings, posters, photos, and other archival material. Many of the images show him on set, working behind the camera or collaborating with actors, costume designers, and others. One group of previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos offers a new perspective on the fantasy world of Cinecittà, the studio where Fellini made many of his films. Another notable set of images presents the director’s “Book of Dreams,” in which he recorded his dreams in words and drawings.

Illuminating Fellini’s unique take on twentieth-century culture and mass media, these striking documents combine to reveal the essential power of his work. Twenty years after Fellini’s death, Fellini adds a new dimension to our understanding of a visual and thematic universe that had a profound impact on the development of film as an art form—and on the imaginations of so many viewers.

Popular Culture

Caricatures, juvenilia

The photo-novel

Mandrake the Magician

The voyage of Mastorna



The circus


Casting sessions

The Rugantino



The Temptations of Doctor Antonio

Mock advertisements

Fellini at Work

The scriptwriters

The costumes

Behind the camera

Directing actors

Studio 5

The helicopter

The City of Women

Fellini, Catholic filmmaker?

Female obsessions

Anita Ekberg

Anna Magnani

All about posters



Fellini and his double

The myth of the fountain

Masina and Fellini

Biographical Imagination


The Book of Dreams

Fellini superstar



Selected bibliography



Illustration credits


Federico Fellini,

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