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Tullio Kezich is the film critic for 'Corriere della Sera'. The author of numerous books on cinema, as well as other subjects, he is also a playwright whose work is widely performed throughout Europe.


One of the towering figures of mid-20th-century cinema, Italian director Federico Fellini (1920-93) created such enduring masterworks as La Dolce Vita, La Strada, Juliet of the Spirits, and 8-1/2. His audiences knew just what to expect: an examination of humanity's most extreme fringes. Fellini was also a delicate observer of memory's effect on the life of an individual and often mined his own experiences for examination, though as film critic and playwright Kezich notes, the director often exaggerated or simply fabricated details from his past. What is known is that the young Fellini was a talented artist who went on to become a respected journalist, a screenwriter, and an Academy Award-winning director. Numerous authors have written about Fellini, including Fellini himself (Fellini on Fellini), but Kezich has the advantage of having known the director well. He writes with perceptiveness and seeming objectivity about the man and, in considerable detail, his major films. As such, his book compares very favorably with the others in the Fellini canon and is recommended for cinema collections.-Roy Liebman, formerly with California State Univ., Los Angeles Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

'A loving, passionate, wonderfully detailed, and exquisitely written look at one of the few truly indispensable film artists who have come our way, from one of the people who knew him and his films best. I can't think of a better companion piece to the incomparable work of Federico Fellini.' - MARTIN SCORSESE 'He has been graced with a profusion of books - some thirty in English, French and Italian at last count - but Tullio Kezich's biography surpasses them all. Trenchant in its critical analysis, absorbing and sympathetic in its account of his private life, Kezich's 'Fellini' is a revelation. It effaces virtually everything written to date about the Italian maestro.' - PETER COWIE, 'THE NATION' 'Both an outsider (Kezich is one of the best, if not 'the' best Italian film critic) and an insider (as screenwriter, playwright, and occasionally producer). Tullio Kezich was in the ideal position to write the best biography of Fellini, an analytical study of his work combined with the story of his relationship to Italian cinema and society. Kezich's forty-year friendship with the maestro allows him to offer up an intimate and lively portrait of Fellini, filled with revealing anecdotes and psychological insight.' - MICHEL CIMENT (author of 'Kubrick' and 'Kazan on Kazan')

This is a revised and updated edition of Kezich's 1988 biography of Fellini (1920-1993), one of several books the Italian film critic has written about his longtime friend since the two met at a film festival in the early 1950s. Despite the close author-subject connection, however, the biography rarely presents an intimate view of the director, preferring to view Fellini primarily through the prism of his films and other work. Much of what readers learn of Fellini's life before movies, for example, comes through Kezich's examination of Fellini's old newspaper columns and radio scripts; the personal, conversely, is largely reduced to the anecdotal. The translation, which sets a conversational, at times flippant, tone by using the present tense, reinforces the lightness of Kezich's account, suggesting early on that it's up to readers whether to believe what they read. As a guided tour through films like 1960's La Dolce Vita and 1963's 8U, with unusual side paths, like the discussion of an aborted collaboration with Carlos Castaneda, this is entertaining enough, but fans hoping for more than an occasional glimpse of the man behind the movies will have to keep looking. B&w illus. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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