How Strange to Be Named Federico: Scola Narrates Fellini

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    How Strange to Be Named Federico: Scola Narrates Fellini

    Che strano chiamarsi Federico!

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    93 min

    • Italian


    Toronto IFF: Masters

    The film is a reminiscence/portrait of Federico Fellini, put together by Ettore Scola on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the director’s death. In addition to the richness of the movies made by a peerless master—now the common heritage of audiences all over the world—a devoted admirer recalls the privilege of having known him and the emotions that he stirred in those who listened to him, with his irony and his reflections on “life being a party.” Their meeting in the early 1950s; the associations they had in common, with the satirical magazine Marc’Aurelio, with Ruggero Maccari, Alberto Sordi and Marcello Mastroianni; their “pleasure trips” to visit the sets of each other’s films; the studios of Cinecittà, Teatro 5 and other links between the two directors, which cemented their friendship and made it a lasting one. From his debut in 1939 as a cartoonist to his fifth Academy Award in 1993, the year of his seventy-third and last birthday, Federico is recalled by his friend Ettore as a big Pinocchio who, luckily, never became “a well-behaved child.” A short film, perhaps a bit cubist in style, made up of fragments, moments and scattered impressions that alternate with scripted scenes, reconstructed and shot at Cinecittà and archive footage from Rai Teche and the Istituto Luce. —Biennale di Venezia


    Federico Fellini
    Sergio Rubini
    Vittorio Viviani
    Tommaso Lazotti
    Emiliano De Martino
    Ettore Scola
    Paola Scola
    Silvia Scola


    A charming, highly original tribute to Fellini.   

    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Ettore Scola

    Ettore Scola


    Cinema is not like the work of a writer or painter, who can say what they like without concern for external financial support.

    Ettore Scola (born 10 May 1931) is an Italian screenwriter and film director. Scola was born in Trevico, province of Avellino (Campania). He entered the film industry as a screenwriter in 1953, and directed his first movie, LET'S TALK ABOUT WOMEN, in 1964. In 1974 Scola enjoyed international success with WE ALL LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH (C’eravamo tanto amati), a wide fresco of post-World War II Italy life and politics, dedicated to fellow director Vittorio De Sica. In 1976 he won the Prix de la mise en scène at Cannes Film Festival for BRUTTI, SPORCHI E CATTIVI. Since then Ettore Scola has made several successful films, including A SPECIAL DAY (1977), THAT NIGHT IN VARENNES (1982), WHAT TIME IS IT? (1989) and CAPTAIN FRACASSA'S JOURNEY (1990). Ettore Scola has directed close to 40 films in some 40 years, and he is still active. His film PASSIONE D'AMORE, adapted from a nineteenth-century novel, was adapted by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine into the award-winning musical Passion. In 1988 he was a member of the jury at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.