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Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini

His Life and Work

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

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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"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...

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Praise for Federico Fellini

“A loving, passionate, wonderfully detailed and exquisitely written look at one of the few truly indispensable film artists who have come our way, from one of the people who knew him and his films best. I can't think of a better companion piece to the incomparable work of Federico Fellini.” —Martin Scorsese

“Both an outsider (Kezich is one of the best, if not the best Italian film critic) and an insider (as screenwriter, playwright, and occasionally producer) Tullio Kezich was in the ideal position to write the best biography of Fellini, an analytical study of his work combined with the story of his relationship to Italian cinema and society. 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

“Trenchant in its critical analysis, engrossing and sympathetic in its account of his private life, Tullio Kezich's definitive biography of Fellini is a revelation. It effaces virtually everything written to date about the Italian maestro. Kezich's intimate knowledge of the man and his work is quite simply peerless.” —Peter Cowie, author of Coppola and Revolution! The Explosion of World Cinema in the Sixties.

“An extraordinary book that gives the reader a personal insight into the life and the career of one of the purest geniuses of cinema from the invaluable perspective of a close friend and a great film critic” —Antonio Monda, Professor of Italian Cinema, New York University

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About the author

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.

Tullio Kezich

Minna Proctor

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