I saw so many Fellini films in college it became a form of mother’s milk to me.
How many time can one view 8 1/2, Variety Lights, La Strada, La Dolce Vita, Nights of Cabiria?
How many times can a class pick these films apart, and discuss them shot by shot?
Apparently, quite a few.
The Criterion Collection will be releasing this gorgeous collection on 24 November – 14 feature films, and a documentary, along with more extras than there are in the universe. Hours and hours of them, as befit someone of Fellini’s importance.
I’ve not as yet had a chance to peer at a single frame, but we know how it will all come together. 11 of the 14 are new scans and potential actual restorations. And they’re going to shine.
This is a placeholder for that review, but for those Fellini fans, the price on Amazon is currently 50% off, or $125 for 15 films, a guide to the films, and a book, in the form of an old laserdisc box for a three or four disc set.
Large, impressive, and magnificently appointed in true Criterion fashion.
And it will come to pass that it will be Very Highly Recommended, and one of a handful of truly important holiday gifts for a loved one that you’re tired to seeing, and want a reason for them to go away.
The films, in order of appearance:
Variety Lights – 1950
The White Sheik – 1952
I Vitelloni – 1953
La Strada – 1954
Il Bedone – 1955
Nights of Cabiria – 1957
La Dolce Vita – 1960
8 1/2 – 1963
Juliet of the Spirits – 1965
Toby Dammit (from Spirits of the Dead) -1968
Fellini Satyricon – 1969
Roma – 1972
And the Ship Sails On – 1983
Any way one slices this, the price (and we won’t even discuss the 193 minute version of the Marcello Mastroianni doc, the or the wonderful Fellini: A Director’s Notebook or the hours of other material – is under $10 per feature.
But possibly only if you act early.
Pass / Fail – Pass
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