People, history, traditions

Federico Fellini


Federico Fellini is the world’s best-known film director, appreciated and adored by the film industry and public alike.
Born in Rimini on 20 January 1920, he died in Rome on 31 October 1993 but returned to the city where he was buried, next to his wife Giulietta Masina, in the town cemetery. Created by Arnaldo Pomodoro, his tomb is a large sail setting forth towards eternity.
After attending a humanities secondary school in Rimini, Fellini earned his first wages as a caricaturist. The manager of the Fulgor cinema, on the town’s main street Corso d’Augusto, would commission portraits of actors from him that he then displayed to draw the crowds.
In 1937 he founded the Febo workshop with the artist Demos Bonini where the two would draw caricatures of holidaymakers. The following year, he began to work with newspapers and magazines drawing cartoons and in 1939 moved to Rome, supposedly to study law. Instead he began to mix in the world of variety and the radio where he met, amongst others, Aldo Fabrizi and Erminio Macario, and began to write scripts and gags.
He met Giulietta Masina at a radio station in 1943 and they married in October of the same year. His life was now far from Rimini, but not his memories that were extraordinarily transposed in his most famous film Amarcord - whose script was written with Tonino Guerra - thanks to which he won his fourth Oscar.
Rimini dominates the film that focuses on various parts of the city, its streets, people and language, Romagnolo dialect. Those same places are now a charming cultural and touristic itinerary.
In the old town, visitors will find the Arch of Augustus, Malatesta Fortress, Fulgor Cinema, piazza Cavour with the statue of the Pope and Pigna Fountain and the library, which was where his high school was.
Near the coast are the fabulous Grand Hotel, port and wide beaches from where the luxurious transatlantic Rex could be seen. Whilst on the streets it is still possible to savour stories about the great “snowstorm” of 1929 and the motorcyclist “Scurezza ad Corpolò” who would drive to the centre on his sputtering scooter, there’s now a place that houses all his things - from his hat to his scarf - his books, the costumes used in his films and above all, his drawings; he loved to sketch and even scribbled on napkins while sitting in restaurants.
These are all now in the Fellini Museum; in the town centre, it is also home to the Fellini Foundation whose materials and exhibits are periodically and temporarily displayed both here and in many other parts around the world. They include his films, writings and drawings, on-set photographs, photographic and graphic documents, sketches of scenery, costumes, prizes and much more. Since 2006, it has also housed Fellini’s famous Book of Dreams (Libro dei Sogni) that contains documents covering twenty years of the director’s oneric production.

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