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Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002)

Fellini: Je suis un grand menteur (original title)
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A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. Several actors, a producer, a ... See full summary »

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Damian Pettigrew

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Damian Pettigrew (scenario), Olivier Gal (scenario)
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Cast overview:
Roberto Benigni ... Himself / La Voce della Luna
Luigi 'Titta' Benzi Luigi 'Titta' Benzi ... Himself / Ami d'enfance
Italo Calvino ... Himself / Ecrivain
Dante Ferretti ... Himself / Chef décorateur
Rinaldo Geleng Rinaldo Geleng ... Himself / Peintre
Tullio Pinelli Tullio Pinelli ... Himself / Scénariste
Giuseppe Rotunno ... Himself / Directeur de la photographie
Terence Stamp ... Himself / Toby Dammit
Donald Sutherland ... Himself / Casanova
Daniel Toscan du Plantier Daniel Toscan du Plantier ... Himself / Producteur
Federico Fellini ... Himself (archive footage)
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A look at Fellini's creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks a bit about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. Several actors, a producer, a writer, and a production manager talk about working with Fellini. Archive footage of Fellini and others on the set plus clips from his films provide commentary and illustration for the points interviewees make. Fellini is fully in charge; actors call themselves puppets. He dismisses improvisation and calls for "availability." His sets and his films create images that look like reality but are not; we see the differences and the results. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy | UK

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

2 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Federico Fellini: I'm a Big Liar See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€2,398 (Italy), 22 June 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,981, 6 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$106,080, 1 June 2003
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Portrait & Cie,Arte,Tele+ See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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Donald Sutherland: He's a tyrant.
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Interview with a great maestro
18 March 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Damian Pettygrew's "Je suis un grand menteur" is an extraordinary documentary, in that it captures the great Italian director, Federico Fellini, speaking to us about his ideas, technique, craftsmanship, and his relationship with the movies in which he was involved. Federico Fellini speaks candidly about his way of making movies and about himself.

Only a few of his collaborators were called upon to talk about the maestro. Fellini was a figure larger than life; his pictures were the way for him to express his ideas to his audience. It's curious only three actors were selected for the documentary: Donald Sutherland, Terence Stamp and Roberto Benigni. Omitted from it were collaborators like Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Anita Ekberg and other living actors that are still living who could have added their views to the documentary.

Having seen "The Magic of Fellini", directed by Carmen Piccini, Damian Pettygrew's film doesn't add anything that had not been known before as Fellini remains a figure that had all the ideas in his mind, but it seems he was a man whose way of working depended a lot on the improvisation he brought to the set on any given moment.

Mr. Pettygrew finds parallels between Fellini and Guido, his character of "8-1/2", who was at best, an enigma because everything he had stored in his head and how, at times, it was so hard for him to communicate the ideas to the people he was working with, at the time.

"Je suis un grand menteur" is a must see for all Fellini fans.


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