Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fellini Day today

For the last few years, today's been the day Oscar nominations have been announced. That's been postponed by another happening in the capitol. But every Jan. 20 is Fellini Day. I got this via Cineaste:

"With all due respect to President Obama...

January 20 is also Fellini Day!

Federico Fellini was born on January 20, 1920. He died October 31, 1993.

The films, writings and drawings of Il Maestro are hotter than ever. Consider the following:

*His 1974 Oscar-winning film, Amarcord, is touring the world in a newly restored print;
*In one of the Top 15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2009 (according to the Rope of Silicon website), Rob Marshall (Chicago) is directing an all-star cast in Nine, a film inspired by Fellini's masterpiece, 8 1/2;
*The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences will honor Fellini with an exhibition of his "scribbles" entitled, Fellini Oniricon--The Book of Dreams, through April 19;
*2010 will be the 50th anniversary of Fellini's groundbreaking film, La Dolce Vita.


*Fellini was nominated for 12 Academy Award Oscars;
*Four of his films won Oscars for Best Foreign Film, a record that remains unmatched;
*He won the first two such awards for La Strada (1954 film, award given in 1956) and Nights of Cabiria (1957);
*He also won a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1993;
*Other awards include, two Silver Lions, a Palme d'Or, the Grand Prize of the Moscow Intl. Film Festival and the Japanese equivalent to the Nobel Prize, the Praemium Imperiale.

Here's what Fellini said about awards:

"In the myth of the cinema, Oscar is the supreme prize."

Buon Compleanno and Happy Birthday, Signor Fellini!


(Don Young Felliniana Archive
P.O. Box 470041
Fort Worth, TX 76147

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