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When Real Life Begins: On Fellini's 'The White Sheik'

Fellini is the master of blurring the lines between the real and the surreal, demonstrating the overriding imbrication of the familiar and the fantastic. In The White Sheik, currently playing at NYC's Film Forum, he inspires wonder and bemusement.

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100 Essential Directors - Federico Fellini

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.

Jose Solís Mayén
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The 100 Essential Directors Part 3: George Cukor - John Ford

Spiritual possession, screwball comedy, German kinks, and the quintessential American Western genre are among the disparate characters we shine a light on today as PopMatters counts down the 100 Essential Film Directors. Today we look at George Cukor through John Ford. Who falls in the middle might surprise you...

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'Cinema' --That's Italian for Cinema

New DVD provider RaroVideo USA is coming out of the gate with two lavish Criterion-worthy releases: The Clowns and the Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection. One is nominally "arty" and the other "lowdown", but the lines deserve to be blurred.

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'Amarcord': What Evil Lurks Beneath the Absurd Surface

Federico Felleni's remembering makes for a combined dream, a whitewashed history, and a striking portrait of a small Italian town during the rise of Fascism.

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Nine Is Not a 9.0, But It Tops 'Chicago'

Well-choreographed dance numbers abound. Costumes and lighting take center stage. Audiences even get the giddy entertainment of watching movie stars prove themselves as fine to passable singers.

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Essential Art House: Fellini's '8 1/2'

Nearly a half-century since its release, 8 1/2 is a testament to Federico Fellini’s singular artistic vision and to the enduring joy of creative experience.

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La Strada (Essential Art House)

As part of its "Essential Art House" series, the Criterion Collection reissues Fellini's 1954 masterpiece, featuring a nonpareil performance by Giulietta Masina.

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Federico Fellini The Book of Dreams by Federico Fellini

Did Fellini dream more extravagantly, with better art direction and more fluid crane shots than you or I?

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Federico Fellini's 'The White Sheik' (1952)

The fusion of the real and the imaginary is at the center of Fellini's first and one of his most underrated films, The White Sheik.

Stephen Tropiano
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Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2003)

The right way to make a documentary on Fellini is to fantasize a little about the persona, rather than to seek the 'truth' of the man.

Jonathan Kiefer
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