The Executioner: By the Neck By David Cairns
Designing for del Toro By Eric Skillman
Here are three rare gems showcasing the larger-than-life personalities of a couple of Italian greats. In the first video, we see Federico Fellini sitting with composer Nino Rota as he plays some bits from the Amacord soundrack. All in Italian, but no translation needed, really. Just pretty to see and hear. Then in the last thirty seconds of the clip, there is Fellini chucking snowballs at Magali Noël on the film’s wintry set. Good times! In the first half of the next one, Roberto Benigni shares a theory about Fellini in his own special comic way. Luckily, this one is subtitled, albeit in Italian. Thanks to the strange poetry of Google Translate, I can pass along the theory: “Fellini is a tie. Nobody said this about Fellini . . . like a tie that should be used by everyone! We give Fellini for everyone as a gift. Fellini’s clothing modern man . . . is the grocery store . . . the fabric of the universe . . . ” Okay! Sure! I welcome other translations. And finally, a very hilarious and young Benigni being interviewed by Dutch host Adriaan van Dis at the 1987 Rotterdam Film Festival. Roberto asking the questions and answering them before Adriaan can stop laughing. Charlotte Rampling in the audience smoking. Talk of learning English on the Down By Law set with Jim Jarmusch. Talk of Italy. Red wine flowing. So much life!
Mary Manning makes the site unchangingwindow.com, mostly in the mornings.