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Federico Fellini

His Life and Work

Tullio Kezich; Translated from the Italian by Minna Proctor with Viviana Mazza

Faber & Faber

"Trenchant in its critical analysis, absorbing and sympathetic in its account of his private life, Kezich's Fellini is a revelation. It effaces virtually everything written to date about the Italian maestro . . . This engrossing biography mirrors its subject. It's affectionate, garrulous and often rambling, and in sudden flashes of brilliance it offers a penetrating view of Fellini's life and art." --Peter Cowie, The Nation

"Few writers are able to approach Fellini with the privilege of intimate experience and friendship . . . Kezich fills the pages of this biography with uncommon detail and artistry, presenting a chronicle that weaves life with film, fact with fantasy, in a style reminiscent of the great director's avant-garde style . . . For the aficionado of Fellini's works, this narrative of his life provides a sea of subtle, precious anecdotes. To those yet unacquainted with the Italian master, the book is an introduction not only to the man's life, but his art, also. It's a captivating read." --Karoun Demirjian, The Christian Science Monitor

"Kezich's forty-year friendship with the maestro allows him to offer up an intimate and lively portrait of Fellini filled with revealing anecdotes and psychological insight." --Michel Ciment, author of Kubrick and Kazan on Kazan

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Excerpted from Federico Fellini: His Life and Work by Tullio Kezich. Copyright © 2002 by Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. Published in March 2006 by Faber and Faber, Inc. All rights reserved.

Introduction: September 1952, on the Terrace of the Hotel des Bains

There was some trepidation on my part at my first encounter with Federico Fellini. I knew his name and I'd liked Luci del varietà (Variety Lights, 1950)--but I had assumed that it had been conceived of and written by codirector Alberto Lattuada, and that newcomer Fellini's name had only been added to the credit out of friendship, or
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  • Tullio Kezich; Translated from the Italian by Minna Proctor with Viviana Mazza

  • Tullio Kezich is the film critic for Corriere della Sera. He has written numerous books on cinema as well as other subjects, and is a widely performed playwright.
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Federico Fellini

His Life and Work

Tullio Kezich; Translated from the Italian by Minna Proctor with Viviana Mazza

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