The Journey of G. Mastorna: The Film Fellini Didn't Make

The Journey of G. Mastorna: The Film Fellini Didn't Make

by Federico Fellini


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Federico Fellini’s script for perhaps the most famous unmade film in Italian cinema, The Journey of G. Mastorna (1965/6), is published here for the first time in full English translation. It offers the reader a remarkable insight into Fellini’s creative process and his fascination with human mortality and the great mystery of death. Written in collaboration with Dino Buzzati, Brunello Rondi, and Bernardino Zapponi, the project was ultimately abandoned for a number of reasons, including Fellini’s near death, although it continued to inhabit his creative imagination and the landscape of his films for the rest of his career.

Marcus Perryman has written two supporting essays which discuss the reasons why the film was never made, compare it to the two other films in the trilogy La Dolce Vita and , and analyze the script in the light of It’s a Wonderful Life and Fredric Brown’s sci-fi novel What Mad Universe. In doing so he opens up an entire world of connections to Fellini’s other films, writers and collaborators. It should be essential reading for students and academics studying Fellini’s work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857459701
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Federico Fellini is considered to be one of Italy’s greatest modern film directors. He began his career working as a script writer for Roberto Rossellini but later, as a director, developed his own striking cinematic style, which blended memories, dreams, and fantasy and explored themes such as redemption, faith, and decadence. During his forty-year career he won five academy awards.

Table of Contents



Peter Bondanella


The Journey of G. Mastorna by Federico Fellini

(with the collaboration of Dino Buzzati, Brunello Rondi and Bernardino Zapponi)

Imagining Mastorna

Selected Bibliography


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