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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

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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Quotes

Italo Calvino: For a psychiatrist, whether you lie or tell the truth is unimportant because lies are as interesting, as eloquent, and as revelatory as the so-called truth.
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References Amarcord (1973) See more »

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Just watch a Fellini film instead
4 May 2006 | by Polaris_DiBSee all my reviews

Instead of watching this, just watch 8 1/2. The same themes and ideas are expressed, but 8 1/2 is beautiful and expressive. This movie, while referencing and showing clips to other movies, generally takes most of its inspiration from 8 1/2 and, honestly, I feel if I hadn't had watched 8 1/2 previously I wouldn't have been able to care about this documentary.

Another thing is that this documentary lingers in heavy close-up on Fellini's face a lot, which isn't composed well and is kind of annoying. About the only really good original imagery in the film is long takes of the Italian countryside, but even those aren't technically necessary... especially since Fellini and some of the others in the movie discuss how sometimes sets are more preferable anyway.

All I got out of this movie was the feeling that I could have much better spent my time watching one of the films presented in this essay. So I think I'll go do that now instead of lingering any longer on it.

--PolarisDiB


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