Federico Fellini: His Life and Work Hardcover – 7 Mar 2006
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'A loving, passionate, wonderfully detailed, and exquisitely written look at one of the few truly indispensable film artists who have come our way, from one of the people who knew him and his films best. I can't think of a better companion piece to the incomparable work of Federico Fellini.' - MARTIN SCORSESE 'He has been graced with a profusion of books - some thirty in English, French and Italian at last count - but Tullio Kezich's biography surpasses them all. Trenchant in its critical analysis, absorbing and sympathetic in its account of his private life, Kezich's 'Fellini' is a revelation. It effaces virtually everything written to date about the Italian maestro.' - PETER COWIE, 'THE NATION' 'Both an outsider (Kezich is one of the best, if not 'the' best Italian film critic) and an insider (as screenwriter, playwright, and occasionally producer). Tullio Kezich was in the ideal position to write the best biography of Fellini, an analytical study of his work combined with the story of his relationship to Italian cinema and society. Kezich's forty-year friendship with the maestro allows him to offer up an intimate and lively portrait of Fellini, filled with revealing anecdotes and psychological insight.' - MICHEL CIMENT (author of 'Kubrick' and 'Kazan on Kazan') --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Tullio Kezich is the film critic for 'Corriere della Sera'. The author of numerous books on cinema, as well as other subjects, he is also a playwright whose work is widely performed throughout Europe. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Having lived in Rome since the sixties and having met Federico Fellini and many of the people who were part of his life, this book sums up the era and the atmosphere of that Rome, a Rome that no longer exists but one where it was possible for anything to happen, even a creation as fabulous as the mind of Federico Fellini
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Kezich approaches his subject as an insider, someone who shared the same social circle and perhaps artistic pretensions. (Kezich is descibed as a film critic, author of numerous boks on cinema and a playwright.)
The book is worshipful of Fellini, talks a lot about parties, drops a lot of names, but gives precious little information about Fellini. What information it does provide reads more like a campaign tract for sainthood. Comments such as "[t]he grief over his death is indescribable" add nothing to our understanding of Fellini as man or artist.
The situation is not helped by Kezich's writing style which, charitably, can only be described as bloated and pretentious. Perhaps the blandness is partly due to translation. Paragraphs run on forever, sentences are often incomplete and reminiscent of a high school student trying really, really hard to be impressive.
Amazingly, for a book about one of the greatest of all film makers, there is not a single photograph. Likewise the author presumes that any one reading the book will remember every detail of Fellini's films, most of which I haven't seen in 30 years or so.
I had hoped for a biography that would lead me into Fellini's life and mind. Instead all I got was a list of parties he went to and some fluffly, adulatory prose about great his movies were. I already knew that --- I wanted to know more about Fellini made such great movies. Not in this book.
Faber and Faber (New York), 2006 (2002),
45 chapters over 440 pages, by who was probable the best film critic Italy had at the time, at the same time friend and intimus. People have funny ideas about what film critics are - a good one praises the reader's/viewer's good films, a bad one condemns them... If one ever wants a book of examples what film critics really do - look at things with a professional eye, keep emotions low and the brain alert, avoid all flattery, but praise the praiseworthy; it is as simple as that!
Italians are masters of this art, which really keeps the persona from the objective, but with full sympathy. In a society with endless personal ramifications across party and more generally ideological lines -think of the neorealimo, this is quite a proof of intellectual discipline. Like all film critics, they tend to be a bit low on the praise for actors -perhaps a reaction to the Personenkult of the yellow press, and the many adorations their press agents put out. But full of active interest, and certainly read by one and all!
fbuk115-Tullio Kezich: Federico Fellini -Critically positive Faber & Faber (New York), 2006 (2002), 440pp-14/2/2014