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Episodic Fellini

Fellini fully embraces the short form in three episodes from omnibus films.

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Total runtime 118min
Digital 4K
Certificate 18

Like novelists relishing the challenges of the short story, many Italian filmmakers of the 1950s and 60s (including Visconti, Antonioni, and De Sica) leapt at the opportunity to direct episodes for omnibus films in between more arduous and time-consuming feature projects. Fellini made three anthology entries, each of which we screen here.

Love in the City: Agenzia matrimoniale

Italy 1953. Dir Federico Fellini
With Antonio Cifariello, Livia Venturini, Maresa Gallo
16min. EST. 15
A cynical young journalist conducts a survey on marriage agencies, posing as a customer – but he gets more than he bargained for when he finds a match.

+ Boccaccio ’70: Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio

Italy-France 1962. Dir Federico Fellini
With Peppino De Filippo, Anita Ekberg, Antonio Acqua
54min. EST. 12A
A billboard of Anita Ekberg provocatively selling milk angers a prudish crusader for public decency.

+ Tales of Mystery and Imagination (aka Spirits of the Dead): Toby Dammit

Italy-France 1968. Dir Federico Fellini
With Terence Stamp, Salvo Randone, Ernesto Colli
48min. EST. 18
Fellini adapts the Edgar Allan Poe short story Never Bet The Devil Your Head, and casts Terence Stamp as a jaded Shakespearean actor making a film in Rome.

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