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Federico Fellini

Director + Screenwriter
Male
Born Jan 20, 1920
Hometown Rimini
Died Oct 31, 1993
Death Place Roma Capitale
Religion Roman Catholicism
Height 6' (183 cm)
Nationality Italian

Federico Fellini, was an Italian film director and scriptwriter. Known for a distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images, he is considered one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century, and is widely revered.

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CHILDHOOD

1920 Birth Fellini was born on January 20, 1920 to middle-class parents in Rimini, then a small town on the Adriatic Sea. … Read More
1924 4 Years Old In 1924, Fellini started primary school in an institute run by the nuns of San Vincenzo in Rimini, attending the Carlo Tonni public school two years later.
1926 6 Years Old An attentive student, he spent his leisure time drawing, staging puppet shows, and reading Il corriere dei piccoli, the popular children’s magazine that reproduced traditional American cartoons by Winsor McCay, George McManus and Frederick Burr Opper. (Opper’s Happy Hooligan would provide the visual inspiration for Gelsomina in Fellini's 1954 film La Strada; McCay’s Little Nemo would directly influence his 1980 film City of Women.) In 1926, he discovered the world of Grand Guignol, the circus with Pierino the Clown, and the movies. … Read More

TEENAGE

1933 13 Years Old He visited Rome with his parents for the first time in 1933, the year of the maiden voyage of the transatlantic ocean liner SS Rex (which is shown in Amarcord). … Read More
1937 17 Years Old In 1937, Fellini opened Febo, a portrait shop in Rimini. with the painter Demos Bonini. … Read More
1938 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Deciding on a career as a caricaturist and gag writer, Fellini travelled to Florence in 1938, where he published his first cartoon in the weekly 420.
1939 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 1939, he enrolled in law school at the University of Rome to please his parents. … Read More

TWENTIES

1940 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Retained on business in Rimini, Urbano sent wife and family to Rome in 1940 to share an apartment with his son. … Read More
1941 21 Years Old In 1941 he published Il mio amico Pasqualino, a 74-page booklet in ten chapters describing the absurd adventures of Pasqualino, an alter ego.
1942 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Writing for radio while attempting to avoid the draft, Fellini met his future wife Giulietta Masina in a studio office at the Italian public radio broadcaster EIAR in the autumn of 1942. … Read More
1943 23 Years Old The apolitical Fellini was finally freed of the draft when an Allied air raid over Bologna destroyed his medical records. Fellini and Giulietta hid in her aunt’s apartment until Mussolini's fall on July 25, 1943. After dating for nine months, the couple were married on October 30, 1943. … Read More
1944 24 Years Old 1 More Event
After the Allied liberation of Rome on June 4, 1944, Fellini and Enrico De Seta opened the Funny Face Shop where they survived the postwar recession drawing caricatures of American soldiers. … Read More
1946 26 Years Old Working as both screenwriter and assistant director on Rossellini’s Paisà (Paisan) in 1946, Fellini was entrusted to film the Sicilian scenes in Maiori.
1947 27 Years Old In 1947, Fellini and Sergio Amidei received an Oscar nomination for the screenplay of Rome, Open City.
1948 28 Years Old In February 1948, he was introduced to Marcello Mastroianni, then a young theatre actor appearing in a play with Giulietta Masina. … Read More

THIRTIES

1950 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1950 Fellini co-produced and co-directed with Alberto Lattuada Variety Lights (Luci del varietà), his first feature film. … Read More
1951 31 Years Old After travelling to Paris for a script conference with Rossellini on Europa '51, Fellini began production on The White Sheik in September 1951, his first solo-directed feature. … Read More
1952 32 Years Old Fellini directed La Strada based on a script completed in 1952 with Pinelli and Flaiano. … Read More
1956 36 Years Old 1 More Event
While preparing Nights of Cabiria in spring 1956, Fellini learned of his father’s death by cardiac arrest at the age of sixty-two. … Read More

FORTIES

At an exclusive Milan screening on February 5, 1960, one outraged patron spat on Fellini while others hurled insults. … Read More
1962 42 Years Old Giving the order to start production in spring 1962, Fellini signed deals with his producer Rizzoli, fixed dates, had sets constructed, cast Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, and Sandra Milo in lead roles, and did screen tests at the Scalera Studios in Rome. … Read More
1963 43 Years Old Increasingly attracted to parapsychology, Fellini met the Turin magician Gustavo Rol in 1963. … Read More
1964 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Savaged by critics at the 16th Venice International Film Festival, the film did miserable box office and did not receive international distribution until 1964. … Read More

FIFTIES

1970 50 Years Old To help promote Satyricon in the United States, Fellini flew to Los Angeles in January 1970 for interviews with Dick Cavett and David Frost. … Read More
1971 51 Years Old In March 1971, Fellini began production on Roma, a seemingly random collection of episodes informed by the director's memories and impressions of Rome. … Read More
1973 53 Years Old Over a period of six months between January and June 1973, Fellini shot the Oscar-winning Amarcord. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1982 - 1989 5 More Events
1990 70 Years Old Fellini won the Praemium Imperiale, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the visual arts, awarded by the Japan Art Association in 1990.
1991 71 Years Old In July 1991 and April 1992, Fellini worked in close collaboration with Canadian filmmaker Damian Pettigrew to establish "the longest and most detailed conversations ever recorded on film". … Read More
…  In 1993, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement at the 65th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
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