Federico Fellini

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  • Birth Place: Rimini, Italy
  • Died: October 31, 1993
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • His love of theater started at an early age, prompting him to run away and join the circus when he was 12.
  • Before directing films, he held such jobs as magazine cartoonist and radio scriptwriter.
  • His breakout film, I Vitelloni (1953), about a group of young men on the brink of adulthood, won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
  • Nights of Cabiria (1957), starring wife Giulietta Masina as the hooker with a heart of gold, inspired the 1967 Broadway musical Sweet Charity, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.
  • With La Dolce Vita (1960), he began a longtime collaboration with actor Marcello Mastroianni, who regularly played his onscreen alter ego.
  • The pressure to duplicate the success of La Dolce Vita resulted in writer's block, which ultimately inspired his next and most critically hailed film, 8½.
  • The term Felliniesque refers to the fantastical and surreal style of his later films.

Awards

  • 1975, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1970, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1975, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1963, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1992, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1946, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1961, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1961, Oscar — Best Writing (Story and Screenplay--written directly for the screen): Nominee
  • 1956, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1963, Oscar — Best Writing (Story and Screenplay--written directly for the screen): Nominee
  • 1949, Oscar — Best Writing (Story and Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1961, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film and British Film: Nominee
  • 1978, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Production Design: Winner
  • 1984, David di Donatello Awards — Best Script: Winner
  • 1990, David di Donatello Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1960, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or: Winner
  • 1985, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
  • 1953, Venice Film Festival — Best Direction: Winner
  • 1986, Directors Guild of America Awards — Golden Jubilee Special Award: Winner
  • 1954, Venice Film Festival — Best Direction: Winner
  • 1989, European Film Awards — European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1987, Cannes Film Festival — 40th Anniversary Prize: Winner
  • 1963, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1976, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay--based on material from another medium): Nominee
  • 1957, Oscar — Best Writing (Story and Screenplay--written directly for the screen): Nominee
  • 1987, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Language Film: Nominee
  • 1984, David di Donatello Awards — Best Film: Winner
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Relationships

  • Urbano Fellini — Father
  • Ida Fellini — Mother
  • Giulietta Masina — Wife
  • Maria Maddalena Fellini — Sister
  • Federichino Fellini — Son
  • Riccardo Fellini — Brother

Details

  • Birth Place: Rimini, Italy
  • Died: October 31, 1993
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer

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