Friday, July 1, 2011

Fellini Fever Hits Toronto: the TIFF Bell Lightbox's Fellini: Spectacular Obsessions Exhibition

Hello, all. Today I bring you yet another piece I recently penned, this time for Toronto Film Scene, an excellent website that tackles all thing cinema-related happening in Toronto. This report previews a great event happening this summer at the TIFF Bell Lightbox that will be of particular note to fans of Federico Fellini and Italian cinema: an exhibition entitled Fellini: Spectacular Obsessions focusing on the man, his films and how his work dovetails with the worlds of the media, celebrity culture and photography. Over 400 pieces are on display, including photos, drawings, posters, magazines, newspapers, cartoon work, film clips and the Book of Dreams, a massive tome that the director filled with detailed illustrations and descriptions of his dreams.

Having been through the exhibit, I can safely say that it is extremely worthwhile, both for the creative way in which all the pieces are presented within the space as well as all of the fascinating topics within Italy's artistic culture that are explored. Along with the exhibit, the Lightbox will be running two great film programs throughout the summer: Days of Glory: Masterworks of Italian Neorealism, featuring key films by De Sica, Rossellini, Pasolini and others; and Fellini/Felliniesque: "Dream" Double Bills, which consists of interesting pairings of Fellini films with some by other directors.

Click on the following links to check out my Toronto Film Scene piece on the exhibition and all the cool stuff it has to offer and further details on the exhibit and film programs on the TIFF website.

Oh yes, and happy Canada Day.

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