Section 3

Behind the scenes: Iconic Items from Fellini’s Set

Fellini Forever

“Going to the cinema is like returning to the womb; you sit there still and meditative in the darkness, waiting for life to appear on the screen. One should go to the cinema with the innocence of a fetus”

The Cinema Fulgor in Rimini is an iconic movie theatre that played a significant role in Fellini’s life and career. Located in his hometown, the Fulgor has become a symbol of his connection to Rimini and his passion for cinema. Fellini often frequented this theatre during his youth, an experience he memorialized in Amarcord (1973), and spoke frequently about its importance to him. In 1992, the cinema was restored and reopened under the name Cinema Fulgor – Federico Fellini. It is now part of the Fellini Museum in Rimini. On view in this section of the exhibition are rare film materials from the Fellini Forever Collection. Conserved and Digitized by the University of Toronto Libraries’ Media Commons and Archives, the footage includes an interview with Marcello Mastroianni and Tazio Secchiaroli (the photographer who inspired the character of “paparazzo” in La dolce vita), outtakes from the three Banca di Roma commercials, an excerpt of the Trevi fountain scene in La dolce vita, behind-the-scenes production footage from Amarcord, and more. A poster from the film complements this selection.

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