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Behind the scenes: Iconic Items from Fellini’s Set

Fellini Forever

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.”

Federico Fellini’s filmmaking process was intricately intertwined with iconic objects that played a significant role in his films, becoming symbols of his authority and creativity. The megaphone, as can be observed in the metacinematic and Intervista, was used to give instructions firmly and with determination, while the clipboard represented his organizational rigor and control over production. Federico Fellini was renowned for his distinctive hats, which were considered an integral part of his creative identity. Throughout filming, he regularly wore his hat, attributing to it a magical power that instilled confidence and inspiration. The director’s iconic red scarf also became part of his signature style, bestowing upon him elegance and glamour. Vibrantly colored, it reflected his creative and eccentric personality. In his later years, a set of eyeglasses completed his look. While he used a variety of pens, markers, and pencils for his drawings, Fellini privileged vintage typewriters for his script ideas, and he reportedly favored the Olivetti lettera 22, a portable typewriter known for its sleek design and reliability.

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