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January-February 2020

Enjoy the start of a two-month season on one of world cinema’s most exuberantly playful filmmakers.

Introduction by season programmer Pasquale Iannone

Re-releases and preview screenings

Walkers and Wanderers

On the road with Fellini

  • La Strada

    La Strada

    Fellini’s early masterpiece features a career-defining performance from Giulietta Masina.

  • I Vitelloni

    I Vitelloni

    In this light-hearted drama, five male friends do all they can to avoid the responsibilities of adulthood.

  • Nights of Cabiria

    Nights of Cabiria

    Giulietta Masina delivers another unforgettable performance as a plucky Roman prostitute.

  • City of Women

    City of Women

    Enjoy Fellini’s provocative, riotously bawdy take on the battle of the sexes.

  • The Voice of the Moon

    The Voice of the Moon

    Roberto Benigni and Paolo Villaggio star in Fellini’s elegiac, dream-like swansong.

Society and Spectacle

Putting on a show, Fellini-style

Viva Fellini!

A special programme across Saturday 18 January and Sunday 19 Sunday to celebrate the centenary of the director’s birth (20 Jan)

  • La Strada

    Viva Fellini!

    See the full programme of screenings and events across Saturday 18 January and Sunday 19 Sunday.

Introductions, talks and events

February screenings

Part two of our season of Fellini film screenings

  • 8½

    The varied troubles of a celebrated filmmaker are laid bare in Fellini’s reflexive classic.

  • Juliet of the Spirits

    Juliet of the Spirits

    Giulietta Masina makes a glorious return in Fellini’s first Technicolor feature.

  • The Clowns

    The Clowns

    An affectionate exploration of the history, art and craft of the clown.

  • Fellini’s Roma

    Fellini’s Roma

    Fellini’s inventive city symphony spans 40 years of 20th-century Roman history.

  • Amarcord


    Fellini taps into his childhood memories growing up in Rimini in the 1930s.

  • And the Ship Sails On

    And the Ship Sails On

    Fellini takes us on a dream-like sea journey in the 1910s.

  • Intervista


    Another cinematic self-portrait, celebrating the film studios where Fellini made his name.

  • Il Bidone

    Il Bidone

    A trio of itinerant conmen roam the landscape of postwar Italy.

Episodic Fellini

Fellini embraces the short form

  • Episodic Fellini

    Episodic Fellini

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

BFI Course

  • The Imaginarium of Federico Fellini

    The Imaginarium of Federico Fellini

    Join us for a five-week illustrated course taking in Fellini’s recurrent themes and concerns, but also less familiar perspectives on his work.


January (Part 1)

“Realism is a bad word... I see no line between the imaginary and the real”
Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini’s career stretches from post-war neorealism to the MTV era. Although best known for his epochal early-60s films La dolce vita and 8½, he first came to international prominence as a director in the mid-50s with back-to-back Oscar® wins for La Strada and Nights of Cabiria, both featuring unforgettable central performances from his wife and muse Giulietta Masina, and the bittersweet music of Nino Rota. Fellini’s kaleidoscopic, often sharply satirical narratives draw freely from his own personal obsessions, fantasies and memories, and have gone on to influence several generations of directors including David Lynch, Pedro Almodóvar, Sofia Coppola and Paolo Sorrentino. Grouped under three main themes, this complete retrospective marks the centenary of Fellini’s birth and offers a rare opportunity to savour his extraordinary body of work on the big screen.

Pasquale Iannone

February (Part 2)

“My fantasies and obsessions are not only my reality, but the stuff of which my films are made”
Federico Fellini

We round off our two-month centenary celebration of the renowned Italian filmmaker with a special focus on aspects of his work he’s arguably most famous for – the world of dreams and autobiography. These films span almost 35 years in the director’s career and include some of his best-known pictures, including the seminal film-about-film 8½ and the Oscar®-winning Amarcord. Fellini himself is a compelling presence in front of the camera, most memorably in The Clowns, Roma and Intervista, where the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction become ever more fluid. We also include Il Bidone and a programme of the director’s contributions to anthology films – little jewels offering further proof of Fellini’s fleet-flooted imagination.

Pasquale Iannone


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Alongside the release of La dolce vita, cinemas across the UK and Ireland will screen a selection of Fellini films.


Luce Cinecitta       Fellini 100

This retrospective is the first of the Fellini 100 official international tour, coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Culture, led by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, who have provided the films. All films have been digitally restored by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna and Cineteca Nazionale.

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