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If one is interested in how artists draw from the collective unconscious, there are several segments in this DVD where Fellini describes this interaction. He says, for example, I do not write these screenplays. He implies there is someone next to him with whom he works. The two best descriptions of this are in the beginning and there is another one at the end. On another subject, his direction is contradictory. With one actor, he does not even provide lines or action--he simply puts the actor in the situation and the actor does what comes innately. The DVD shows the results of this and it is quite captivating. Yet in another, Fellini so micromanages that he gets down on the floor next to the actor and tilts his head a certain way. With another, he insists on the eyebrow being fashioned in a certain direction, like a curlique. When the actor asks why, Fellini responds that the eyebrow should look like a question mark. I intend to watch this several more times--there is much to it.
Brilliant portrait of Federico Fellini based on a subtle and intellectually rich 'internal dialogue' that I found breathtaking. Not at all for those who like their docs spoon-fed to them, this film is in a class of its own. Beautifully-produced. The filmed interviews with Fellini are unforgettable. The DVD wide-screen format does justice to all those gorgeous clips. I would defend this doc as a work of art destined for Fellini fans and film scholars. Unfortunately, no extras on this Standard Edition but here's hoping First Look will bring out a Special Collector's Edition.