Federico Fellini is considered one of the greatest cinematic geniuses of our time, but his films were not produced in isolation. Instead, they are the results of collaborations with some of the greatest scriptwriters of twentieth-century Italy. Inspiring Fellini re-examines the filmmaker's oeuvre, taking into consideration the considerable influence of his collaborations with writers and intellectuals including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, and Andrea Zanzotto. Author Federico Pacchioni provides a portrait of Fellini that is more complex than one of the stereotypical solitary genius, as he has been portrayed by Fellini criticism in the past. Pacchioni explores the dynamics of Fellini's cinematic collaborations through analyses of the writers' independently produced works, their contributions to the conceptualization of the films, and their conversations with Fellini himself, found in public and private archival sources. This book is an invaluable resource in the effort to understand the genesis of Fellini's artistic development.
Federico Pacchioni is the Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco Endowed Professor in Italian Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Chapman University.
Introduction * A Not So Solitary Genius: Traversing Authorial Politics and Methodological Anxieties* An Ambiguous Adherence: Esotericism in Fellini's Work and Collaborations 1 Tullio Pinelli * Neutralizing Tragedy: A Pattern from La strada On* A Metaphysical Fellowship: Transcending Christianity* Nothing but Images: La voce della luna 2 Ennio Flaiano * Frivolously Yours: The Public Dispute over Authorship* The Self as Monster: Satire and Compassion in La dolce vita* A Light in the Night: Negotiating Epiphany from I vitelloni to 8 1/2 3 Bernardino Zapponi * The Script as Collage: The Unbound Notebooks of the 1970s* Popular Culture and Neurosis: Toby Dammit and Beyond 4 The Poets * An Organic Mind: Brunello Rondi from La dolce vita to Provad'orchestra* You Are My Labyrinth: The Poetic Brotherhood with Pier Paolo Pasolini* Eroticism as Dream and Nightmare: A Dialogue with Brunello Rondi* Remembering Corporality: Tonino Guerra in Amarcord and E la nave va* Maternal Pre-grammaticality: Pasolini, Guerra, and Zanzotto Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index