Post by Greg Bryant Post by unglued
Watching 8 1/2 the other evening reminded me that the parts of his
films that, for me, stand head and shoulders above the rest are the
scenes based more or less on his childhood and adolescence. Suppose one
were to pluck these raisins out of his films and edit them into one
semi-autobiographical super Fellini film and dump the rest. Would film
history be richer or poorer for it do you think ? Ok, it's not
applicable for all his films but say if one were to butcher 8 1/2 and
Roma and merge them with Amacord ?
I'm still finding it very hard to get through a Fellini. I've walked out of
both 8-1/2 and La Dolce Vita. Did make it through Amarcord, but found it
kind of boring. I do have La Strada on the box, but I'm procrastinating on
La Strada and Nights of Cabiria are very straigforward and they are more
like Bunuel (Verridia) than later Fellini. Fellini is more direct and
engaging than early Bunuel, in my opinion.
8 1/2 and La Dolce Vida are pretty demanding and you have to sorta like
what Fellini is saying before you can connect. Many people don't
necessarily connect with he's saying, so it is hard to get thru. (To me,
from La Dolce Vida on, solipcism is the only valid point of view.)
Post by Greg Bryant
I even prepare for watching them by reading some reviews so I know what I
should be looking for.
Perhaps, it's just that Fellini and I don't connect. Not to say that I don't
like foreign films. I've seen quite of lot of Bergman, Kurosawa, etc. But
Fellini is not connecting with me.
I think you have hit on this correctly.
To *really* like Fellini, you have to have a very, very crass streak. You
have to think that a retarded man sitting in a tree, peeing his pants, and
crying out for a sexual relationship--to a nun, fer chrissake--has comic
elements. A lot of this stuff is so painful that you have to laugh to deal
with it. But that kind of laugh is very purgative.