Starting today, Paris is catching Fellini fever. The Cinémathèque française, the Jeu de Paume museum, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris are joining forces to pay an extended tribute to the Italian maestro. The Jeu de Paume exposition, Fellini, la grand parade, will look back on the director’s career and creative process via a multimedia mix of moving and still images—including hundreds of photographs, original sketches, magazine coverage of his films, and more—that will be on view until January 17. Meanwhile, the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris will feature lectures and discussions about the filmmaker from October to December.
The centerpiece of the celebration will be Tutto Fellini!, two months of screenings at the Cinémathèque—fifty-seven in total, including not only a complete retrospective of Fellini’s features and shorts but also films from screenplays written by him and directed by others, including Roberto Rossellini, Pietro Germi, and Alberto Lattuada; documentaries made about Fellini, including Gideon Bachmann’s Ciao! Federico; and some idiosyncratic choices, such as films that are inspired by his work (Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity, based on Nights of Cabiria) or that feature rare on-screen appearances from the filmmaker (Alberto Sordi’s 1983 comedy The Taxi Driver). The Cinémathèque will also feature an opening-night round-table discussion with Fellini Foundation director Vittorio Boarini and such collaborators as Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, and Magali Noël. La dolce vita indeed!