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Federico Fellini, imaginative genius


“Fellini 100 Immortal Genius” is the title of the exhibition taking place at Castel Sismondo in Rimini, which celebrates 100 years after the birth of one of the greatest directors in film history.

Federico Fellini was born in 1920, and would have turned 100 this year. The anniversary is celebrated by a series of important events that aim at honouring the creative genius of one of the greatest directors in film history. Among the events planned the exhibition “Fellini 100 Immortal Genius”, scheduled until March 15th next to Castel Sismondo in Rimini– Fellini’s birthplace. By quoting Fellini, “Everything is imagined”, the exhibition (which next April will be at Palazzo Venezia in Rome and then it will travel abroad to Los Angeles, Moscow and Berlin) revolves around three thematic areas: the first tells the history of Italy starting from the 1920’s, the post-war period, ending in the 1980’s through the imagery of Fellini’s movies. The second area is dedicated to the stories by Fellini’s travel mates both the real and imaginary ones. Finally, in the third area, the permanent project of the International Federico Fellini Museum, which in Castel Sismondo will have one of its offices, will be presented.

Among the materials present, alongside films, drawings, costumes, scores, props, letters, photographs, even unpublished documents, such as the first screenplay of ‘Amarcord‘, initially entitled ‘The village‘, and the screenplay of owned by Lina Wertmuller, in that film assistant director of Fellini. Among the materials on display also the notebooks loaned by Fondo Nino Rota, the composer who signed the soundtracks of many Fellini films and material from the archive of the Tonino Guerra association, to tell the friendship and the artistic partnership between the poet and the director. The exhibition’s layout – said Leonardo Sangiorgi of Studio Azzurro, the team that conceived and designed the exhibition – allows the viewer to enter many different sets, to live different experiences starting right from the box office. “To these words are added those of Andrea Gnassi, mayor of Rimini who declared: “This exhibition, dedicated to the immortal genius of Federico Fellini, is the first step towards an ambitious goal. A goal that wants to illustrate the human and creative brilliance of the film Master through the main key of imagination, animated through time, and permanently nourished by tradition and modernity.”