10 Italian words that Mr Fellini will teach you

  1. Il capolavoro – Opera di grande eccellenza; propr., la migliore in una serie di opere (di un artista, di un periodo, di una scuola ( eng. masterpiece) Masterpieces La dolce vita (1960) and 8½ (1963). It’s in these two films that Fellini really pushed his creativity to the limit, embarking on huge, ambitious canvasses that redefined what cinema was capable of.

2. Le donne. The women who both attracted and frightened him.

3. Il regista – La persona che ha la responsabilità artistica e operativa di una rappresentazione (cinematografica, teatrale, televisiva) o di una trasmissione radiofonica (eng. director). Fellini was voted the 10th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly. First Italian to have been nominated for for the Best Director Oscar!

4. Il Maestro – Persona particolarmente abile, che eccelle in uno o in più campi di attività, tanto da poter costituire un modello. There is no doubt, that Federico Fellini is Italy’s maestro of cinema!

5. Sognare – Immaginare che qualcosa possa accadere; prevedere (eng. to dream). “Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second and you can hop from one place to another. It’s a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something as in a dream.”

6. La sua amante – chi ha una relazione amorosa extraconiugale o segreta (eng. his lover)  He adored his wife and was flagrantly unfaithful. Fellini once said that it’s easier to be faithful to a restaurant than it is to a woman. When he cast Sandra Milo in 8 1/2 (1963), to play a part based on a long-time mistress named Anna Giovannini, he promptly began sleeping with Milo as well.

7. Paparazzi. The term “paparazzi” comes from a character named Paparazzo in his film, La Dolce Vita (1960), who is a journalist photographing celebrities.

8. Autobiografico – Di scritto o atteggiamento letterario fondato sul carattere o le vicende personali dell’autore stesso (eng. autobiographic)  Much of the time Fellini’s life resembled a Fellini movie, he used to put his deepest desires and anxieties before the lens. His most celebrated alter ego was Marcello Mastroianni, in “La Dolce Vita,” “8 1/2” and “City of Women.”

9. Stacanovista – chi dimostra un esagerato attaccamento al lavoro, o chi lavora con un’intensità esasperata (eng. workaholic) Mr. Fellini wrote all his scripts and supervised every creative detail, including the final editing. He was a perfectionist who repeatedly reshot many scenes in a process that usually took two years.

10. Controverso – Che è oggetto di controversia: opinioni c.; d’interpretazione incerta e dibattuta (eng. controversial). Fellini was devoted to Movies, Not to Commerce. Very often his films were controversial. Even “La Dolce Vita” shocked many Italians and was proscribed by the Roman Catholic Church, but it became a huge success in Italy and around the world.